About Teatro Nuovo

Stephen Powell and Georgia Jarman in Rigoletto at Caramoor (photo by Gabe Palacio)

Teatro Nuovo is a new organization devoted to cutting-edge interpretation of classic Italian opera. Our mission is twofold: First, to offer exciting revivals of neglected Bel Canto masterworks alongside freshly re-studied interpretations of familiar favorites, with virtuoso singing at the highest level allied to an interpretation that does justice to each opera’s dramatic content, structure, and style. Second, to train the rising generation of musicians in the special skills and knowledge required to bring this thrilling repertory to life.

The ensemble is being created to continue and expand the work of “Bel Canto at Caramoor,” a program that from 1997 to 2017 won steady international acclaim for its revivals of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi, while also training over 500 young singers, many of them now prominent on stages worldwide. (See our initial Press Release here.)

Teatro Nuovo will debut in July 2018 with a nine-day festival and a six-week training program, presenting semi-staged concert performances of Rossini’s Tancredi and Mayr’s Medea in Corinto along with related concerts, recitals, lectures, and public master-classes. In addition to taking over the renowned vocal program established at Caramoor, Teatro Nuovo will add a full-scale parallel program for orchestral musicians. Our long-term goal is to build, from the summer program and its alumni, a stable performing ensemble to carry exciting Bel Canto interpretations to audiences worldwide.

Click here to read a note from Will Crutchfield about his reasons for establishing a new program.