Directed by Anthony Laciura, (credits include Metropolitan Opera, HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire', and Netflix's 'Like Father') New York Dramatic Voices' 2022 Winter Intensive is a 2-week program.  During this time, participants will learn, stage, coach, and perform an entire act from one of the following dramatic works: 

Götterdämmerung Prelude

La Gioconda Act 2

Il Trovatore Act 4

Each participant receives:

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

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

3. One-on-one music and diction coaching with Robert Mollicone (San Francisco Opera)

4. Masterclass with Ken Benson (Ken Benson Artists)


5. Masterclass with Jane Eaglen (Metropolitan Opera)

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

7. Public performance of your work in the theater

8. Professional video of your performance

9. Professional photos of your performance

We offer this program as a safe environment to develop the skills of the emerging dramatic artists. 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

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

1pm   - Music and Language Coaching with Matthew Lobaugh


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

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

4pm - Music and Language Coaching with Robert Mollicone


3pm - Masterclass with Jane Eaglen

4pm - Masterclass with Ken Benson

Saturday and Sunday


If accepted, artists must attest that they understand they cannot enter the rehearsal or performance facilities without ID, proof of vaccination, and adhere to all current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

Tuition for the program, including masterclasses, coachings, and professional materials review is $2,500.

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


  • Headshot

  • Resume

  • 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). 

Robert, Mollicone, Coach, Sought after for his ‘finely-calibrated leadership’ and ‘ebullient performance[s]’,  conductor and pianist Robert Mollicone is becoming a familiar face in opera houses  across the US and Europe. As a member of San Francisco Opera’s music staff, he has  acted in capacities including assistant to the Music Director, assistant conductor,  prompter and coach/pianist, and has worked on 40+ productions spanning the  breadth of the repertoire, including Rusalka, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Les Troyens, and  Don Carlo. Equally committed to the development of the American operatic canon, he  has helped bring several new operas by composers such as Jake Heggie, Tobias Picker,  and John Adams to life. 

In the San Francisco Bay Area, he has conducted performances with Opera San Jose  (Where Angels Fear to Tread, Silent Night), San Francisco Opera (Opera in the Park  2014/2019, Christmas with Sol3 Mio), and West Edge Opera (Elizabeth Cree), where he  “presided […] with a fine feeling for pacing and detail”. Additionally, he recently made  his conducting debut at Austin Opera (Ariadne auf Naxos) and was the cover  conductor for the European premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at De  Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and for La Damnation de Faust at St. Louis Symphony  under Stéphane Denève. 

Mollicone also performs regularly in recital with renowned vocal artists, including  Denyce Graves, Andrew Stenson, Joyce El-Khoury, Brian Jagde, Ailyn Pérez, Nicholas  Phan, and Jamie Barton, with whom he was lauded for ‘miracles of sensitive  expression’. He made his Carnegie Hall debut alongside soprano Melody Moore in  May 2016. 

He is a graduate of San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship, as well as of the  Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera where he  studied conducting with Louis Salemno. He holds a M. Mus. from Boston University,  where he studied with Shiela Kibbe.

​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 such as Christine Goerke, Michael Chioldi, and Martina Arroyo, who worked closely together with NYDV participants.

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