Martina Arroyo and Prelude to Performance

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On June 24th, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors. Soprano Martina Arroyo is among those who will be receiving this prestigious award in the fall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

Martina Arroyo is admired around the world not only for her operatic roles, oratorio and recital performances and recordings but also for her unfailing commitment to young artist development through the Martina Arroyo Foundation.

Prelude to Performance is the Foundation’s six-week intensive training program for young singers. This year’s program is about to conclude with staged performances including full orchestra of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, 13 at 7:30 p.m.) and two one acts: Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Donizetti’s rarely performed but thoroughly delightful Rita (Sunday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, 14 at 7:30 p.m.). All of the performances will take place in the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on East 68th Street in New York City.  

My recent interview with Martina focused on Prelude to Performance and her lifelong interest in teaching.

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Comments [3]

Amparo Pikarsky from Edison, NJ

Thank you, Midge Woolsey, for your enthusiastic and ongoing support of this program, and thank you, thank you, thank you Martina Arroyo for taking young people into your program and helping them become not just good singers and performers, but good people and thoroughly professional artists. My son was blessed to be accepted by Ms. Arroyo when he was 17, and is now singing in her program for the third time. Every summer I see him grow not just as a musician, but as a person, as he is guided by the exceptional instructors and kind people at Prelude. God bless all of you.

Jul. 10 2010 11:43 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Referring back to the Auber opera "Fra Diavolo," also in the production's cast were well known performers, in later years, Peter Binder, William Workman and Janet Southwick. Yesterday began the celebration of the 150th birthday anniversary pf Gustav Mnahler.

Jul. 08 2010 06:55 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Martina Arroyo is one of the most qualified by talent, personality, generosity and charisma to be a recipient of the National Endowments for the Arts 2010 Opera Honors. Her foundation work alone would be good reason for her selection.

Jul. 01 2010 11:57 AM

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