Episode #2003

Prelude to Performance with Martina Arroyo

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Young singers from the Martina Arroyo Foundation join Robert Sherman in the WQXR studios. Young singers from the Martina Arroyo Foundation join Robert Sherman in the WQXR studios. (Merrin Lazyan/WQXR)

About 10 years ago, legendary soprano Martina Arroyo began her eponymous foundation’s Prelude to Performance, an intensive summer program for young artists that presents fully-staged operas. This week, Young Artists Showcase features a preview of its upcoming productions of Puccini’s La Bohème and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.

Nine Martina Arroyo Foundation singers joined Bob Sherman in the studio to perform arias and ensemble numbers. Ms. Arroyo also spoke about Prelude to Performance’s audition process and training, which guides singers through the process of creating and inhabiting a role. Full performances of these operas will take place July 7 though 10 at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Program:

Puccini: “O suave fanciulla” from La bohème
Jessica Sandidge, soprano; Dangelo Diaz, tenor; Joan Krueger, piano

Puccini: “Quando m’en vo” from La bohème
Claire Coolen, soprano; Joan Krueger, piano 

Puccini: “In un coupe? O mimi tu piu non torni” from La bohème
Dangelo Diaz, tenor; Jeff Byrnes, baritone; Joan Krueger, piano

Puccini: “Dunque eproprio finita!” from La bohème
Jessica Sandidge, soprano; Claire Coolen, soprano; Dangelo Diaz, tenor; Jeff Byrnes, baritone; Joan Krueger, piano 

Strauss: “Trinke, Liebchen, trinke schnell” from Die Fledermaus
Haley Sicking, soprano; Spencer Hamlin, tenor; Joan Krueger, piano

Strauss: “Mein Herr Marquis” from Die Fledermaus
Shana Grossman, soprano; Joan Krueger, piano

Strauss: “Chacun a son gout” from Die Fledermaus
Hongni Wu, mezzo-soprano; Joan Krueger, piano

Strauss: Act I trio from Die Fledermaus
Haley Sicking, soprano; Shana Grossman, soprano; Jon Tetelman, tenor; Joan Krueger, piano

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