Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance

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Tenor Javier Bernardo and pianist Nicholas Fox warm up before performing on the Young Artists Showcase.

Martina Arroyo won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1958. When the Young Artists Showcase began two decades later, Arroyo was a star at the Met and toured the world’s best opera houses. Nearly 10 years ago, Arroyo began a program to teach young singers how to inhabit an opera role. The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance is an intensive summer program that presents four fully staged performances of two complete operas with orchestra and chorus.

In this special episode of the Young Artists Showcase, Arroyo (pictured, right) joins host Bob Sherman and students from her Prelude to Performance program, who perform excerpts from L'elisir d'amore and Les contes d'Hoffmann. Thursday through Sunday, these singers will be performing full productions of those operas at the Danny Kaye Playhouse at Arroyo’s alma mater, Hunter College.

Program details:

Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
1) "Quanto e bella"
— Javier Bernardo (tenor)
2) "Come Paride Vezzoso"
— Jorell Williams (baritone)
3) "Una parola, o Adina"
— Yunnie Park (soprano); Javier Bernardo (tenor)
4) "Udite, udite, o rustici"
— Stephen K. Foster (bass-baritone)

Jacques Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann
1) "Chanson de Kleinzach"
— Won Whi Choi (tenor)
2) "Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour"
— Nian Wang (mezzo-soprano); Brandie Sutton (soprano)
3) "Les oiseaux"
— Mizuho Takeshita (soprano)
4) Act II Trio
— Lenora Green (soprano); Chantelle Grant (mezzo-soprano); Yuriy Yurchuk (bass-baritone)