Program dates: June 3 - July 15, 2019



Teatro Nuovo is a Bel Canto festival accompanied by an innovative training program designed to provide opportunities and information not generally available elsewhere. Its unusual features include the collaboration of a period-instrument orchestra under the direction of Berlin-based violinist Jakob Lehmann; in-depth seminars and lessons in historical performance practice and ornamentation by Will Crutchfield; an intensive role-preparation project directed by Rachelle Jonck; and a multi-level program of Italian language and poetry study led by Lucy Tucker Yates.  

Resident Artists receive variable stipends starting at a base rate of $2,500, plus housing for the entire period. The stipend is augmented for those cast in leading mainstage roles, designated Resident Principal Artists.  Other Resident Artists may also earn augmented stipends if they choose chorus participation, which is not required and is compensated separately if chosen. All Resident Artists will sing mainstage roles, cover those sung by guest soloists, or both.

Studio Artists receive a stipend of $1,250 plus housing, and will sing or cover secondary roles. Chorus participation is required. Studio artists also participate in the Role Preparation Project, with study-cover assignments of principal roles as appropriate. Six Studio Artists will also be the performers in "Bel Canto a Due," a program of Italian duets and chamber music.

A detailed description of our goals and curriculum is available here.

Sept. 28, 29
Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Nov. 2, 3

820 West End Avenue, Apt. 9F
New York, NY 10025

Applications will be reviewed, and auditions will be granted on a rolling basis. Please note that your chances of being heard in a live audition are increased by early application, as we have one round of auditions before the final deadline of October 5. Applications are taken through You do not have to have a paid YAPtracker account to use its services, and there is no application fee.

At least two recent recordings and a current resumé and headshot must be uploaded with the completed application form on YAPTracker. The recordings may be of any genre (including song and oratorio), any period, and any language, as long as they give us a clear idea of your skills in two areas: 1) sustained legato singing with long notes; 2) agility in florid music. 
If you have no recent recordings showing coloratura agility, you should record yourself on your phone singing some coloratura passages or agility exercises of your choice, label the file with your name and "agility sample," and include it among your sound-files on YAP Tracker.


Teatro Nuovo, like its predecessor program at Caramoor, has developed a "soloist-friendly" approach to chorus work. The choruses are sung on-book, un-staged, in concert format, to keep the time commitment from encroaching on other work, and the vocal qualities we want in chorus work are exactly the same as the ones we promote in solo singing. All Studio Artists are required to participate, and Resident Artists other than mainstage principals may opt to accept chorus assignments with additional pay.

All Artists will be housed in apartments on the SUNY Purchase campus; each singer having an individual bedroom and sharing kitchen and bathroom with up to three others. Participants who have access to housing within commuting distance and wish to live off campus, will be offered a small housing stipend in lieu of on-campus housing. Meals are not provided, but Teatro Nuovo provides access to reasonably-priced on-campus meal plans, and there are other dining options nearby. In addition Teatro Nuovo provides full kitchen equipment so that those preferring to prepare their own meals can do so. 

Teatro Nuovo is a continuation and expansion of the Bel Canto at Caramoor program, now operating as an independent non-profit organization.