Verdi's Falstaff 

Friday, July 13 at the Kaye Playhouse 7:30pm


In conjunction with the Hunter College Music Department,
the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Young Artist Program, Prelude to Performance presents Falstaff, traditionally staged and costumed with orchestra in original language with supertitles, and is family friendly.

Contact the Kaye Playhouse box office for more information at 212 . 772 . 4448

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Don Pasquale.

Saturday, July 14 at the Kaye Playhouse 7:30pm 



In conjunction with the Hunter College Music Department,
the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Young Artist Program, Prelude to Performance presents Don Pasquale, traditionally staged and costumed with orchestra in original language with supertitles, and is family friendly. 

Contact the Kaye Playhouse box office for more information at 212.772.4448

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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. 

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.  


Congratulations alumna, Hongni Wu!

Mezzo, Hongni Wu who was our Prince Orlovsky in the Prelude 2016 production of Die Fledermaus was one of five winners in the Grand Finals Concert at the Metropolitan Opera in April. 

Read about the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions’ final stages.

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

Prelude alumna Hongni Wu, 23

"Hongni Wu, a mezzo-soprano, brought technical agility, warm colorings and an ample sound to Cruda sorte, a bel canto showpiece from Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. Then, after intermission, in a bold choice, she sang the opening scene of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier  with youthful bloom and richness."

-Anthony Tommasini, New York TImes

Read the full article →

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.


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

Join us for our next Masterclass!


Masterclasses are FREE and open to the public! (Limited seating)

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JULY 2 at 7:00pm

Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College

Join us for an exciting masterclass with Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Sharon Sweet. Ms. Sweet will be working with several of our talented Prelude to Performance singers.


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


Prelude to Performance's Costume Designer Charles Caine is featured on the cover of June's issue of "The Artful Mind"


Bravo Charles Caine, costume designer extraordinaire!!! What a Career! 

Charles is on the cover and in this June issue of "Artful Mind" magazine! We are beyond grateful that he is Prelude's Costume Designer!

Rising star, Jennifer Rowley, (MAF Role Class) will be making her debut at National Opera of Paris (Bastille) this June.  

Performance dates will be June 21st, 25th, 28th and July 5th, 11th, 14th. 


"A singer of enormous gift and promise." 

-New York Times

Prelude alumni Ryan Speedo Green's inspiring story "Sing for Your Life"


"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

Christian Zaremba sang Angelotti in Tosca at the Met.

Zaremba will also be returning to the Met next season to sing Tosca and Gianni Schicchi.


"A stage animal with a big bass voice."

-New York Times