Apprentice Artists are anticipated to be singers still in school or recently graduated. Singers who have begun or are ready to begin full-scale professional work are encouraged to apply to our Resident Artist program.

Age Limit - 26

How To Apply
Click Here to apply through YAP Tracker.
Deadline - Application must be received by Friday December 1, 2017

Materials Required
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, including song and oratorio; 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 include it among your sound-files on YAPtracker.

Audition Information - Audition Requirements
We have no specific repertory requirements, but request that your list include something that shows sustained legato singing with long notes and something that shows agility in florid music.  You are encouraged to include songs or oratorio arias if they feature these qualities more fully than your usual operatic audition list.

Pianist Provided
Yes, you may bring your own pianist. Applicants granted live auditions may bring their own pianists or use the pianist provided by Teatro Nuovo for a fee of $25 payable at the time of audition.

Audition Dates and Locaitons
January 2018, New York City (dates flexible)

Some applicants may be accepted without live audition; those scheduled for live audition will be contacted to arrange for dates in New York City in January 2018.

Opportunity Information

Program Dates
June 25, 2018 - August 05, 2018

Location
Purchase, New York United States

Season Information
Mayr: Medea in Corinto
Rossini: Tancredi
Rossini: Tancredi rifatto*
 
*Tancredi rifatto is a separate performance of Tancredi, slightly abridged, with full orchestra and chorus, designed to showcase the eight alternate numbers composed by Rossini for later productions of the opera.

Some applicants may be accepted without live audition; those scheduled for live audition will be contacted to arrange for dates in New York City in January 2018.

Program Information
Teatro Nuovo is a continuation and expansion of the Bel Canto at Caramoor program, now operating as an independent non-profit organization and relocated to the campus of SUNY Purchase north of New York City. Apprentice Artists receive five weeks of intensive role preparation, classes, and private lessons, and participate in the Bel Canto Festival (July 28-August 5) at various levels. They participate in the Mozart Role Preparation project, culminating in a public read-through of an opera (to be chosen when the roster of singers is finalized) during the Festival. Those for whom there is not an appropriate role in the Mozart opera, or who are especially suited to roles in our mainstage operas, will be given a "second cover" assignment in one of those operas, and will follow the same role-preparation process. 
 
Apprentice 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. Apprentice Artists are generally anticipated to be singers still enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs. Undergraduates are emphatically encouraged to apply. Singers who are ready for full professional exposure are encouraged to apply to our Resident Artist program.
 
All Apprentice 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. Cafeteria-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided Monday through Saturday, and there will be organized opportunities to purchase food (or travel off-campus) for Sundays. Apprentice Artists are charged a fee of $1,000 to cover a portion of their housing costs, but this fee may be waived in cases of financial need or exceptional ability. If you are accepted to the program you will be given an opportunity at that time to apply for waiver of the housing fee. For participants with access to housing within commuting distance who prefer to live off-campus, the fee is waived automatically. 

Compensation
Apprentice Artists will generally pay a fee of $1,000 to cover a portion of their housing costs. This fee may be waived in cases of financial need or exceptional merit, and is automatically waived for participants who have access to housing within commuting distance and prefer to live off-campus. The only other fee is a small charge for towels and linens, which is waived if you bring your own.