Frequently Asked Questions

What is the breakdown of the stipends that are being offered?
The stipend breakdown is as follows:

Stipends for Madama Butterfly

Full stipends ($3000.00) go to the following roles and covers:

Cio Cio San
B. F. Pinkerton
Sharpless
Suzuki
Goro
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Half stipends ($1500.00) go to the following roles:

Bonze

Quarter stipends ($750.00) go to the following roles:

Kate Pinkerton
Yamadori/Imperial Commisioner
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Stipends for La fille du régiment

Full stipends ($3000.00) go to the following roles and covers:

Marie
Tonio
Sergeant Sulpice
The Marquise of Birkenfeld

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Quarter stipends ($750.00) go to the following roles:

Peasant
Hortensius
Coporal

What are the locations for the auditions?
The audition locations are as follows:

Dec. 12, 13 & 14 will be at The Metropolitan Opera Guild which is located on the 6th Floor of the Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza (on the north side of W. 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue). The building lobby is on the 3rd Floor, which can be reached from W. 65th Street via stairs, escalator, and elevator.

All other auditions (with the exception of private auditions) will be at Hunter College in Brecher Hall which is located on 69th St between Park and Lexington Aves..
Are there any arias, duets, etc. requirements for my audition?
Yes the audition requirements are as follows:

If you are auditioning for Madama Butterfly, here are the required selections for the particular role:
1. Madama Butterfly: "Che sua madre"

2. Pinkerton: "Addio fiorito asil"

If you are auditioning for La fille du régiment, here are the required selections for the particular role:
1. Marie: "Chacun le sait"

2. Tonio: "Ah! mes amis"

All singers should be prepared to present four arias with at least one in the same language and style of the part they are looking to study and perform. This includes any singers who would like to be considered as an auditor.

For those singers who for reasons of financial hardship or scheduling difficulties that can not be present on any of the above dates and can not schedule a private audition, it is possible to submit a URL video (Youtube) or email an mp3 (3 max) to the foundation. Note: neither of these should be altered for sound in any way. Also you must still go through the normal application process.

Is it possible to use a Video or Audio clip for an audition?
First it should be noted that it is also possible to arrange a private audition depending on availablity. If coming to the New York area would represent a major financial hardship which you can not handle, or your schedule would not permit you to be able to attend any of the scheduled audition dates, it is permissible to submit urls (possibly Youtube) samples (2). It is also permitted to submit or email mp3 audio samples. When you fill out the application, either with YapTracker or the "Registration Form" on this website, there will be a place for this submission. However if you should be selected to participate in the 2015 summer program, and we deem once you ave arrived for the beginning of the program, that the voice which was submitted on the sample was not representative of the voice that is presented in person or that the sample had been altered (for volume or sound), we reserve the option of rescinding the invitation to participate in the program!
How can I request a private audition?
You must first fill out an application as if you are going to be auditioning in person. Make sure that you upload at least 2 audio or video samples (see requirements for auditions above) and the 2 letters of recommendation with your application. After the audition as been granted, you can email the foundation asking for a private audition. No private audition request will be granted without these files whether on Yaptracker or on our website. While we will make every effort to accommodate private audition requests, it is not always possible. If we find that it is not possible, we will accept your A/V files as an audition. Please note that no audition is as good as personal audition. However as rare as it might be, individuals in the past have been accepted to the program using A/V.
Can I pay my audition fee by credit card or check?
Yes can pay by credit card. However to do so, you will need to register and apply for the program via YapTracker. If however you are planing on paying by check, you can apply for the program using the "Registration Form" on our website.
What happens should I arrive to the program not "Off Book"?
We begin staging in the first week, and musical read-throughs on the first day of the program. Also it is not possible for our participants to take advantage of the wealth of information that our instructors provide if a participant is constantly having to reference their score. Therefore all participants must come with the roles completely memorized and "OFF BOOK" by the first day of the program! Lastly, it should also be noted that if a participant should arrive unprepared we reserve the option of releasing the participant from the program!
What does being an "Auditor" mean?
An "Auditor" simply stated does everything that the program has to offer. The "Auditor" attends all of the classes, all of the applicable rehearsals (However there is no obligation by the director to have the "Auditor" participate), and the same amount of coachings (1 per week) as the "Cover" gets. The "Auditor" MAYBE chosen to perform in our Highlights Concert (this is however contingent on time and what scenes are selected). The "Auditor" may also be selected to perform on one of our masterclasses. The only thing that the "Cover" does not do is perform in the production of the role they are studing unless needed in some capacity such as chorus or super. However, none of this will happen if the "Auditor" is not prepared musically.
What does being a "Cover" mean?
A "Cover" simply stated does everything that the program has to offer. The "Cover" attends and participates in all of the classes, all of the applicable rehearsals, and the same amount of coachings (1 per week) as the Principal Artists gets. The "Cover" will also perform in our Highlights Concert (this is however contingent on time and what scenes are selected). The "Cover" may also be selected to perform on one of our masterclasses. The only thing that the "Cover" does not do is get stage time in the theater. Lastly, as in any other professional cover situation, if the Principal Artist should become incapacitated for any reason in a rehearsal or before a performance, the "Cover" will immediately replace said individual. However, none of this will happen if the "Cover" is not prepared musically.
What does being an "Auditor" mean?
An "Auditor" simply stated does everything that the program has to offer. The "Auditor" attends all of the classes, all of the applicable rehearsals (However there is no obligation by the director to have the "Auditor" participate), and the same amount of coachings (1 per week) as the "Cover" gets. The "Auditor" MAYBE chosen to perform in our Highlights Concert (this is however contingent on time and what scenes are selected). The "Auditor" may also be selected to perform on one of our masterclasses. The only thing that the "Cover" does not do is perform in the production of the role they are studing unless needed in some capacity such as chorus or super. However, none of this will happen if the "Auditor" is not prepared musically.
How do I become an "Auditor" in the 2015 Prelude program?
The fee for being a "Auditor" is $1,500.00. However if you sing in the chorus we will deduct the sum of $300.00. Therefore you will only be responsible for $1,200.00. A deposit of $400.00 will be needed at the signing and return of the contract. Please note that any and all deposits made to hold a place as a "Cover" are non-refundable. Also the remainder of fees are due on the first day of the program (unless other arrangements have been made with the Arroyo Office). Lastly, once the program goes into the 2nd week NO refunds are possible.
Are there any performance opportunities for Covers and Auditors?
In the past "Covers" and "Auditors" have appeared in the "Highlights" concert and have also appeared on stage as supers. There have also been occasions that the covers/auditors have been able to participate in the masterclasses. However these are NOT guaranteed situations. These appearances depend on the directors/conductors and if there is time in the "Hightlights" concert to include the covers and auditors. There are also times that the individual might be asked to get up in rehearsal and participate in the staging. However none of these opportunites are possible unless the music for the role that you are studing/covering is memorized and completely off book!
What do past "Auditors" and "Covers" think about their experience?
"I'm currently doing my Masters at the Conservatory of Vienna, and I'm really enjoying my studies and experiences here in Europe. The Conservatory is doing Cosi fan tutte for our March production, and I feel that the Prelude to Performance program has prepared me so well for the role of Dorabella and my ability to develop and portray a character through the music and the text. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of the Prelude family last summer." Wendy Wang - Auditor-2012
If I am Covering or Auditing can I be in Chorus?

The Prelude choruses are totally separate and because of scheduling difficulties, auditors are only able to be in the chorus of the opera that they are studying a role in. For instance: If you are studying Alamviva, you would only be eligible for the chorus of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. It should also be noted that if you are studying Rosina or Berta, you will not be able to participate in the chorus at all since there are no female chorus parts in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Covers are generally not allowed in the Chorus.

How do I become a member of the Prelude Chorus?

If you would like to be considered for the Chorus of the 2014 productions of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Rossini's La fille du régimenti, contact our Chorus Contractor Professor Gregory Hopkins at gregoryhhopkins@aol.com. If you have never sung with our chorus before, he may ask for an mp3 file of your singing. However this is at his discretion.

What is the Chorus schedule and download chorus music?

Chorus rehearsals will begin on May 27th and will be every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter from 6 to 9:30pm. All musical rehearsals will be located at the Avenue Baptist Church. The address is 425 w 145th St corner of convent ave. The remaining rehearsals will be at Hunter College until June 28th when we will be moving into the Kaye Playhouse. They Kaye schedule will be issued to you at a future date.

Click here to download La Traviata chorus music.

Click here to download Il Barbiere di Siviglia chorus music.

Is there any compensation for chorus members?
Yes. There is a $300.00 honorarium for one opera and a $450.00 honorarium for both operas. Please note that participation in both operas are by invitation only.
Are there housing options available for Participants

While Prelude to Performance doesn't actually have it's own housing situation. We do try and assist the participants whenever possible. However the following links are to housing that we have recommended in the past.

1) Music and Mentoring House is a wonderful housing situation run by the great Metropolitan Opera soprano Lauren Flanigan. http://www.musicandmentoringhouse.com

As other situations come available we will post them here.

 

   
   
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