Program Description

2019 Festival – Young Artist Program

APPLICATIONS will be available by Nov. 1 on  Free accounts are available on YAPTracker for completing the application.

CASTING BREAKDOWN and SEASON INFORMATION to be posted once season is announced.

Please read carefully about our program (below) before completing your application.  (LINK TO FAQ PAGE?)


dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is a TUITION FREE extended development opportunity which trains emerging opera artists to thoroughly prepare complete debut roles and present them public performances with chamber orchestra in New York City. We focus on refining the artist’s process, providing a toolkit for career success.

Masterclass instructors this season include Chuck Hudson (movement/acting), Lucy Yates (Italian) and others.  Participants receive free individual coaching with dell’Arte Artistic Director Christopher Fecteau, and other staff coaches in April, May and June, followed by small ensemble rehearsals in June and an intensive staging period in July, followed by tech week in early August and up to 5 repertory performances, accompanied by professional chamber orchestra in a professionally equipped theater in lower Manhattan.

Modest stipends/honoraria of $300 – $1000 are awarded to all participants.  Artists cast in secondary roles are provided extra performance opportunities in a Scenes program, to feature ______ and ________ in 2019.


After January auditions and February callbacks, casting is completed by mid-March. A basic classwork and production schedule is released by April 1, at which time individual coaching and masterclasses begin and continue through June. The extended period of contact between staff and singers encourages thoughtful and careful preparation of assigned roles, but does not preclude artists taking assignments with other companies during the spring.  Small group music rehearsals are scheduled around the availability of participating singers beginning in June.

Full-cast music rehearsals and staging rehearsals begin by July 1st and continue until performances commence in August. Productions run in repertoire through August 25.  July rehearsals are almost exclusively on weekday evenings and weekends, with the exception of one daytime technical rehearsal per opera.  All participants must be available for the one daytime technical rehearsal per program (early- to mid- August).


Singers in the project range from those just out of conservatory or graduate school to career artists preparing for upcoming professional engagements. We only cast singers in role debut assignments. In the case of leading roles, a singer may have performed the role in translation or in concert with piano, [but the full role must be a staged debut with orchestra, in the original language.]

Singers must be within reliable commuting distance of NYC in July and August, through the end of performances. Transportation, housing and meals are not included.

There is no age limit for participants. With few exceptions, applicants have completed an undergraduate degree (though not necessarily in music).  Participants tend to be 21-40 and are poised to launch, or have already begun, operatic careers.


Please carefully read and take into account our casting guidelines of the experience necessary to be considered for casting.  These are guidelines, and not absolute requirements.


Our 2019 repertoire will be announced on Monday, October 22, to include two mainstage operas, a third program of extended excerpts from other operas will be performed in rotating repertory with the two ‘mainstage’ operas. Completing the programming will be a song recital.  You may wish to review the Casting Breakdown for the two mainstage operas once they are announced.