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In addition to the The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Tuition-Free program, stipends are offered for their 2017 season. Full stipends are from $2,500 to $500 depending on the particular role. All will be determined by the Prelude to Performance Artistic Staff.


The Martina Arroyo Foundation is a New York City based 501(c)(3), not for profit organization whose mission is to provide educational and performance opportunities for young aspiring opera singers.
The Foundation’s young artist program, “Prelude to Performance,” is a six week intensive study/performance experience which gives participants the opportunity to work with Ms. Arroyo and her amazing staff, tuition free and with stipends.The result is two traditionally staged/costumed operas with orchestra at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. This summer the operas are Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi.

The program is open to opera singers ages 20–35. The applicants must have sufficient vocal experience and stamina to handle the course of study and performance demands and will be selected through an audition process by Ms. Arroyo and her artistic staff. Recommendations from two professionals must accompany each application.

Auditions for 2017 are.:

New York City University of Denver Michigan State
Dec. 16, 17, 18
Jan. 06, 07, 08 Nov. 7 & 9 Nov. 17 & 20
Jan. 27, 28, 29
Feb. 03, 04, 05
Feb. 17, 18, 19
Audition Location Audition Location Audition Location
TBA TBA Cook Hall

For those singers who for reasons of financial hardship or scheduling difficulties can not be present on any of the above dates and can not schedule a private audition, it is possible to submit a URL video (Youtube) or email an mp3 (3 max) to the Foundation. Note: neither of these should be altered for sound in any way. You must still go through the normal application process.

Operas to be offered

Puccini’s double-bill of Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi
and Bizet’s Carmen

FREE . Tuition does not include housing and living expenses. Information about housing for participants from outside New York City will be available.However “tuition free” only refers to participants and not auditors or covers.


Stipends will have a range of $500.00 – $2,500.00. The actually breakdown will be presented at a later date.

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