Directed by Anthony Laciura, (credits include Metropolitan Opera, HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire's, and Netflix's 'Like Father') New York Dramatic Voices' Summer Virtual Dramatic Role Preparation is a 2-week program.  During this time, participants will learn a role from one of the following dramatic works: 

Tosca, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Trovatore, Lohengrin

Each participant receives:

1. One-on-one character development classes with Anthony Laciura (MET, HBO, Netflix)

8 classes for lead roles

5 classes for supporting roles

2. One-on-one music and diction coaching with Matthew  Lobaugh (Washington National Opera, LA Opera)

8 classes for lead roles

5 classes for supporting roles

3. Masterclass with Kathy Olsen (Encompass Arts)

4.  Masterclass with Greer Grimsley (Metropolitan Opera)

5. Masterclass "Artivism: Doing the Work", Christin Byrdsong (Performer and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant featured on Amazon Prime and HereTV)

5. Professional materials review

We offer this program as a safe environment to develop the skills of the emerging dramatic artist. Class sizes are limited to give each singer quality instruction with our coaches and masterclass technicians.  While New York Dramatic Voices was created to provide opportunities for singers with dramatic voices, we welcome all fachs.

Sample Schedule

If you are applying from a different time zone, please note that all classes will take place between 10am-7pm EDT. 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

1-2pm  - Music and Language Coaching with Matthew Lobaugh


2-3pm -  Acting for Singers/Character Development Coaching with Anthony Laciura


3pm - Masterclass with Kathy Olsen

4pm - Masterclass with Denyce Graves


3pm - Masterclass Artivism: Doing the Work with Christin Byrdsong




Tuition for the program, including masterclasses, coachings, and professional materials review is $1,600 for lead roles and $1,300 for supporting roles. Partial scholarships may be available.  Scholarships are not need based.

If you would like to audition, please email the following:


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  • 2 Contrasting YouTube or Vimeo links 

  • List 3 roles you would like to prepare from the list above in order of preference

  • How you heard about our intensive



Anthony Laciura, Director, is most recently known as ‘Eddie Kessler’, the right-hand man to Steve Buscemi's 'Nucky Thompson' on four seasons of HBO’s highly acclaimed series, Boardwalk Empire. Mr. Laciura is the recipient of two SAG Actor awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for his role on Boardwalk Empire. Entertainment Weekly has named Mr. Laciura in the top 25 Comic Relief in TV Dramas All-Stars, for his portrayal of ‘Eddie’.  Mr. Laciura has also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Company in more than 800 performances and is known internationally for his work as an operatic tenor. The first time Mr. Laciura debuted at the Met was with Pavarotti in 1982, in the opera Der Rosenkavalier, by Richard Strauss. Laciura then recorded Manon Lescaut by Puccini on the Deutche Grammaphone label with Pavarotti, and finally, Laciura appeared with Pavarotti in his last scheduled gala at the Met, in Tosca by Puccini. Mr. Laciura's recorded Madama Butterfly with Jose Carreras on the Deutche Grammaphone label and toured with him on several productions. During Mr. Laciura's time as a comprimario at the Met, the Washington Post labeled him… “The Clown Prince of Opera…one of the outstanding character-tenors of our time.” The New York Times’ leading music critic simply stated that he is “a master of such roles,” and Terrence McNally announced during a radio broadcast that, “the amazing Anthony Laciura can convince an audience that he is just about anyone and sometimes steals the show," and named him as a "Singer of the Century." In addition to his TV and opera success, Mr. Laciura's Off-Broadway stage credits include Uncle Bob in The House of Connelly by Paul Green, Irwin in the 2014 production of Honor Bound by Al Repicci, and as Reb Pinchas and Moisheleh in the musical Soul Doctor, directed by Mindy Cooper. Mr. Laciura’s talent as a unique character actor has taken him to the big screen, television, and on various stages throughout the world. He has co-starred in the Academy qualifying, multi-award winning independent short film Crackers, as Frank the Barber, directed by Gregory Principato, and in the short film Mateo’s Room as Mr. Thomas, by Maximilian Williamson. In addition to his singing career and acting, Anthony also directs opera. Recent directing includes The Barber of Seville for Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance. He has also directed productions of Verdi’s Otello with the Vero Beach Opera, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Puccini’s La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly for Phoenix Opera, Verdi’s Rigoletto for DiCapo Opera in New York, and Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at Knoxville Opera. Mr. Laciura is can be seen regularly on Netflix.  Most recently, he plays the role of Leonard in Netflix's original Like Father opposite Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell.

Matthew Lobaugh, Music Director, is currently a freelance pianist living in New York City where he maintains a private vocal coaching studio.  Matthew was recently seen making his debut with Washington National Opera in October 2019. Matthew began training at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) with a BM degree in both Piano and Vocal Performance.  He worked toward both the MM in Collaborative Piano from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching.  A graduate of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at the Los Angeles Opera, his professional operatic credits include the music staffs of Minnesota Opera (Chorus Master), Virginia Opera (Chorus Master), Cincinnati Opera (Assistant Conductor) and in recital with the Florida Grand Opera.  Locally, Matthew has served as Music Director for the City-Wide Youth Opera and Opera Breve and has been on the music staff for Loft Opera NYC and Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance.  Matthew is also featured on the companion CD to the Menotti Arias for Soprano Anthology, published by Hal Leondard (2008). 

​Kimun Kim, General Manager, a native of Seoul, South Korea, is a stage director based in New York City.  He directed Das Lied von der Erde, Dichterliebe, Frauenliebe und- leben as theatrical presentations; Our Cool Leader, Die Fledermaus, Trouble in Tahiti, and Hansel and Gretel. Past associations: Korean National Opera, Japan Fujiwara Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, Chicago Summer Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, La Mama ETC New York, and The Barns and Filene Center in Virginia. He received his Master’s in Opera Directing at The University of Texas at Austin and trained in the Suzuki acting method and Viewpoints at SITI Company.

New York Dramatic Voices's (NYDV) past master classes have featured opera powerhouses, Christine Goerke, Michael Chioldi, and Martina Arroyo, who worked closely together with NYDV participants.

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