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.