A bright new future for opera! An investment in the Martina Arroyo Foundation today is an investment in what all of us as opera lovers are going to see on the world's great stages tomorrow!
The mission of the Martina Arroyo Foundation is to prepare young singers in the interpretation of complete operatic roles through an intensive educational program that focuses on the dramatic background, language, historical perspective, and psychological motivation of each character.
Martina Arroyo, who in addition to being a world-class opera performer has bona fide as an instructor. After her retirement from an active singing career, Martina Arroyo turned to teaching, helping young classical vocalists learn all facets of opera performance. At Indiana University School of Music she created her Role Preparation Class becuase she felt that most of the training provided to young singers did not include learning the interaction of music, language, dramatic presentation and character motivation in performance. Encouraged by the program’s success, and sensing a need for this curriculum beyond Indiana University, she replicated the course in New York City, and the first Role Preparation Class was held in September 2002. Soon thereafter, the Martina Arroyo Foundation was established as a not-for-profit foundation; it was granted 501(c)(3) status in July 2003. As an extension of the Role Preparation Class, Ms. Arroyo created Prelude to Performance in the summer of 2005 to give young singers an intensive six-week program of study and performance that also provides the opportunity to publicly perform an entire opera role.
Prelude to Performance is our principal program. Approximately thirty-five young singers join us each summer for six weeks of in-depth training in New York City. The program is tuition free and includes daily classes, individual coaching sessions, a master class series and four fully staged performances of two different operas in the original language with costumes and orchestra.
Our Opera Education Program provides an in-depth presentation of scenes from classical opera to Title-1 Public Schools in East Harlem, New York City. Since 2011, this program has given underprivaleged students with limited exposure to opera an opportunity to learn and interact with professional young aritsts selected from the Martina Arroyo Foundation's young artist roster.
Role Preparation Class takes place every spring. Over the course of twelve weeks approximately fifteen young singers receive intensive training in presenting a complete operatic role through individual and group coaching. At the end of the course, students present a recital performance for the general public.
Where Are They Now?
We have over a decade of success in training and grooming opera stars. A limited list of our alumni include:
Michele Angelini, tenor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Yuriy Yurchuk , baritone
Patrick Guetti, bass
Karolina Pilou, mezzo-soprano
"What the Martina's organization is doing is finding those young singers just as they're on the edge of having the amazing career they will have, and what she does is give them the tools to let that career be everything it can be." - Richard Leech - tenor, Metropolitan Opera
Special Message From Martina
When I look back on my career as an opera singer, I think of my loving family and the generous people who supported me along the way. I hold these people dear to my heart and thank my lucky stars for them every single day. I couldn't have done it without them!
My foundation is commeited to working with the next generation of singers with that same spirit of dedication. I strongly believe that with out help, these young artists will lead the way to a bright new future of opera. I invite you to join us and feel the excitement the comes with being a part of the important work we do. Your gift to the Martina Arroyo Foundation is a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.