"A Toast to Prelude to Performance from Prince Orlofsky and guests for giving us 15 years of such delightful evenings!…

…Chacun à son goût! Judy and I add the “special flavor with toppings” to our Fledermaus memory bank that this treasured and fun night offered us from the great Martina Arroyo’s new arrivals at the opera scene in a very captivating and enchanting performance of Die Fledermaus.”

-Nino Pantano, Brooklyn Eagle, The Italian Voice See photos and read the full review →


Photography by Jen Joyce Davis of JJ Davis Studios

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"We have never seen/heard anyone in one of their performances that failed to fully inhabit their character and bring it to vivid life!"

“We have written every summer about Prelude to Performance which is celebrating 15 years of training young artists in many areas of performance, most notably that of character interpretation…That is thanks to input from Artistic Director Martina Arroyo, the legendary soprano who has devoted her post-performance years to developing the talents of the up and coming young singers in her program."

-Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche Read the full review →

Behind the curtain @martinaarroyofoundation


Celebrated Prelude to Performance Alumni from around the world say

“Thank you Martina Arroyo!”

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Our alumni are singing at major Opera houses.

Many of our Alumni have gone on to win major voice competitions as well as obtaining performance contracts with both large and small opera companies.

It is an unforgettable experience, and essential training for those between the university and the real career. Few weeks combining best of the both “educational” and “professional” worlds to try yourself on stage under the very qualified supervision!
— Yuriy Yurchuk, baritone
I can’t say enough great things about the Martina Arroyo Foundation and Prelude to Performance. Martina gave me my first performances of The Barber of Seville, in a beautiful, traditional production with full orchestra with the most supportive artistic and administrative team you could imagine. My career now consists of so much Rossini, and to be able to sing such a long and difficult opera for the first time under such ideal circumstances was of invaluable help. Prelude to Performance is different from other summer programs for young artists, because singers actually get to perform leading roles, with enough rehearsal time to do them justice. And Martina has been a friend and ally of mine every since.
— Alasdair Kent, tenor

"Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance series... has become an established operatic highlight every July!" 

-David Shengold, Gay City News 2018


"Seeing and hearing young artists onstage and forgetting that they are young artists is a special treat we experience when attending one of Prelude to Performance's productions."  

-Voce di Meche, Meche Kroop, 2018

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This well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ms. Arroyo, Founder and President of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, educating, supporting and guiding young opera singers since 2003 by Will Crutchfield. 

Congratulations, Martina Arroyo!

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Legendary Soprano, Martina Arroyo was honored at the Career Bridges 16th annual Gala at the Metropolitan Club with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Learn more about Career Bridges →

The Martina Arroyo Foundation is the umbrella organization for Prelude to Performance, the young artist program which has helped numerous young singers launch their careers.  

Learn more about Prelude to Performance  →


Great News, Ryan Speedo Green!

Bass-baritone, Ryan Speedo Green (Prelude 2010/11) sings the role of the King in the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming production of Aida conducted by Nicola Luisotti. 

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On October 4th, 2018 Ryan sings a concert at Washington National Opera, where he was recently honored as the 2018 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner!

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Ryan Speedo Green, Prelude Alumn 2010/11

Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses.

"Scene-stealing bass-baritone with a robust voice."

-New York Times

Learn more about Ryan →

Our Programs help young artists thrive. 


Prelude is an intensive training program for young aspiring singers from around the world, culminating into two fully staged opera performances.    

Role Class prepares singers with group and individual coaching, working with Martina Arroyo and her staff.


The Foundation 


The Martina Arroyo Foundation prepares and counsels young singers in the interpretation of complete operatic roles for public performance.

... I grew up with an open mind and an open spirit and I think that’s extremely important for any young person and particularly an artist who then wants to play other characters and open their thoughts to being another person." -Martina Arroyo


Prelude News


Hogni Wu, Prelude's Prince Orlovsky in 2016 has been part of the ROH Covent Garden Jette-Parker Young Artist Program this past year.

She has performed Flora in La Traviata, Siebel in Faust, Mercedes in Carmen on the Main Stage and will sing the role of Phaedra in their upcoming production this summer.

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Hongni Wu, mezzo-soprano

Next year she sings Second lady in Die Zauberflöte; Flora in La traviata; Karolka in Jenufa and Tebaldo in Don Carlo, also will be covering Emilia in Otello. ROH will be touring to Tokyo in September too and I’ll be covering Siébel in Faust there. Plus three Recitals and Summer performance on the main stage at the Royal Opera House next year!

I’m so glad I’m in Martina Arroyo Foundation this year, it was my pleasure to work with such a great teacher and incredible singers. They are very professional and helped me a lot! Ms. Martina gave us two role classes for each week, she was really helping us to make us believe you were the person. The coach teacher, Maestro, and stage director are all amazing! I can’t explain how thankful I am for this opportunity. I would like to attend the Young Artists Program next year. Thank you so much!!
— Hongni Wu, 2016

Michele Angelini, tenor

"The reviews are in and Michele had a phenomenal success in his first Massenetian role, Nicias, to Placido Domingo's powerful Athanaël and Ermonala Jaho's seductive and emotional Thaïs at the Teatro Real Madrid and Festival Castell de Peralada with Maestro Patrick Fournillier!"

Michele Angelini, always a favorite with our MAF supporters continues to wow his audiences.

Michele continues to blaze a Rossini trail across Europe with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Tancredi and La Gazza Ladra.


"A beautiful tribute to the power of good teachers."

-Terry Gross, Fresh Air

Sing for Your Life — an ­incisive portrait of a young black man from a poor and constricted home in southeastern Virginia who comes to possess, of all things, the potential for greatness at the highest levels of opera.
— Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York times Book Review, Oct. 3, 2016

Jonathan Tetelman, makes his ROH Covent Garden debut as Rodolfo!!!

Just announced! 

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Jonathan Tetelman, tenor


Ryan Speedo Green, Bass Baritone (Prelude 2010/11)

Ryan Speedo Green returns to the Weiner Staatsoper next season to sing Banquo in Macbeth (starring Placido Domingo), Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor (starring Brenda Rae), and Ferrando in Il Trovatore (starring Anita Rachvelishvili-Maisuradze)!