Supporting Young Singers Abroad
Creating Bridges


The Opera Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce the 2014-15 scholarship recipients: Carlton Ford, Thomas Lehman, John Carpenter, Samantha Korbey.




he purpose of the Opera Foundation is to support young American singers abroad and build cross-cultural bridges between the United States and other important opera supporting countries. The Foundation provides professional scholarships and study grants to qualified young American singers between the ages of 18 and 30. Since 1987, highly competitive auditions have been held annually to award these scholarships to pre-selected applicants. Currently up to four emerging young artists are chosen every year and placed with our overseas partners: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio di Torino, and Die Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Over the years, the Foundation's supporters have expanded to include individuals and corporations from all over the world, drawing from the rich cultural and corporate diversity of New York City and its environment. It is the Opera Foundation's goal to continue expanding its scholarship activities where it believes it can make a difference in the development of young opera talent, in the spirit of cultural exchange between the United States and beyond.

Below is a short film about the first 25 years of Opera Foundation's programs at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Regio Torino since since our founding in 1986. The film follows scholarship winners John Paul Huckle, Nathan De'Shon Myers and James J. Kee during their 10 month programs and includes testimonies from Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and one of our Founders, Soprano Karan Armstrong. The film by Tina Flemmerer is available from the Foundation by request.

A film by Tina Flemmerer:



The Opera Foundation is organized as a non-profit pursuant to section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Current Officers and Board of Directors


Bernhard Köpp

executive director

Elizabeth Walbröl


Sherif Lotfi


Peter Cifichiello

board of directors

Dr. Martin Bussmann

Peter Cifichiello

Cecilia Dupire

Katherine Fuerstenberg-Raettig

Bernhard Koepp

Phillip Lasser

Sherif Lotfi

Dr. Daniel Mahler

Fiorenza Scholey-Cohen

Santiago Trigo

Elizabeth Walbroel