Program dates: June 25-August 5 2018


October 6, 2017 (Resident Artist Program)
December 1, 2017 (Apprentice Artist Program)

Resident Artists are generally anticipated to be singers who have completed their formal training and have already begun or are about to begin significant professional work. Exceptional singers still in school but clearly ready for professional exposure may also be accepted. Resident Artists receive a stipend of $2,500 plus meals and housing for the entire period, and will participate in the Bel Canto Festival (July 28-August 5) at all levels. Those cast in leading mainstage roles are designated Resident Principal Artists, and will receive augmented fees. All others will cover principal roles, sing smaller roles, and be featured in concerts and recitals. All Resident Artists will receive Italian language classes, Performance Practice classes, master-classes with resident and guest faculty, and at least one private lesson or coaching daily. Click here for more information. 

The Apprentice Artist program is designed principally as a training program for singers still in the course of their formal education (undergraduate or graduate). Candidates should show exceptional aptitude for bel canto singing; those with strong agility skills and expert musicianship are particularly encouraged to apply. Apprentices will have classes in Italian language and Performance Practice alongside the Resident Artists, will have their own dedicated faculty for daily coachings and voice lessons, will work with senior faculty in master classes, and will participate in the Festival in choral performance and selected solo opportunities. They will also study a complete operatic part in a special Role Preparation program culminating in a public read-through of a selected standard-repertory opera. No tuition is charged, but students must pay a portion of their housing and meal costs. Scholarships are available on the basis of need or exceptional merit. If you are accepted as a participant, you will be given the opportunity at that time to apply for reduction or waiver of the housing fee. 
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Two to four pianists will be invited to follow the Apprentice Program level, following the full curriculum of the vocal participants, working with our faculty and staff pianists (including private lessons), and given performance opportunities as appropriate. The deadline for pianists' applications is Dec. 1 2017.
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AUDITION DATES (Resident Artist Program):
Oct. 14, 15 New York City
Oct. 19, 20 Los Angeles
Oct. 27, 28 Houston
Nov. 11, 12 Chicago
Nov. 17, 18, 19 New York City

AUDITION DATES (Apprentice Artist Program and Collaborative Piano Program)
New York City, January 2018 (flexible dates; candidates invited to audition will be given a range of possible dates to choose from at that time)

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 repertory; the only requirements are that one should show sustained legato singing with long notes, and one should show agility. If you have good coloratura agility but no recent recordings that show it, you should simply record yourself on your phone singing some agility exercises of your choice, label the file with your name and "agility sample," and included it among your sound-files on YAPtracker.

For pianists, at least one recording must be made with a singer or singers (opera or song literature equally welcome), and at least one must be a solo, which can be either a piano piece or a substantial accompaniment recorded without voice.

Resident Artists: None
Apprentice Artists and Collaborative Piano Program: 26

Teatro Nuovo, like its predecessor program at Caramoor, has developed a "soloist-friendly" approach to choral 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 Apprentice Artists are required to participate, and Resident Artists other than mainstage principals are assigned to augment the chorus as needed.

All participants will be housed in individual bedrooms, with up to four people sharing access to a full kitchen and bathroom, in apartments on the SUNY Purchase campus. Cafeteria-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided Monday through Friday, and there will be organized opportunities to purchase food for the weekend. As described above, Apprentice Artists are charged a fee to cover part of the costs of your housing and meals, but this fee may be reduced or waived through scholarship grants. There is also a smaller fee for all participants to cover bedclothes and towels, but you are free to bring your own and avoid this fee.

 Participants who have access to housing within commuting distance and wish to live off campus will be offered a small housing stipend (Resident Artists) or a waiver of the housing fee (Apprentice Artists).