Washington, D.C. Residency
June 19 – 27, 2021

Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival is currently accepting applications for a one-week Washington, D.C. Residency, June 19 – June 27, 2021 culminating in outdoor performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

Offers are being made now; all roles expected to be filled by May 15. Applications will be accepted until all roles are filled.

Covid-19 vaccinations will be required.

Die Zauberflöte will be single cast, with multiple performances in a slightly abbreviated version. In addition to the opera performances, participants will sing in a gala opera arias program, participate in coachings, masterclasses, lessons, and other career development opportunities. 

Rehearsals and performances will take place at the historic Rectory on Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., Old Town is Alexandria’s beloved downtown and nationally designated historic district on the Potomac River waterfront. The King Street Mile and surrounding brick-lined sidewalks are studded with centuries-old architecture, historic attractions and independent businesses.

Our performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte will be part of the “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” concert series.  Since June 2020, Classical Movements, the parent company of Prague Summer Nights, has presented concerts in the garden of their historic Alexandria building. This concert series was the first and largest since the beginning of the pandemic, receiving critical acclaim from the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, OperaWire and other national press. Past performances include singers from the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and others; and instrumentalists from the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. 

Our Faculty

John Nardolillo

Artistic Director and Conductor
University of Kentucky

Catherine Clarke Nardolillo

Head of Voice
Lexington, KY

Gayle Shay

Stage Director 
Vanderbilt University

Shannon McGinnis

Head Coach
Chicago College of Performing Arts

Our Location

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

On the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture. It’s known for its Old Town, with brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings. King Street is lined with boutiques, specialty shops and fine restaurants. Old Town is full of small, but fascinating museums, thriving art galleries and places of historic interest, such as Gadsby’s Tavern (where founding fathers dined, now a museum) and Christ Church, which counted George Washington among its many notable parishioners – and for which the Rectory on Princess Street was constructed.
The Rectory on Princess Street

The Rectory on Princess Street

The Rectory, dating from 1785 formerly served as the rectory of the nearby historic Christ Church, once the church of George Washington.  The 18th century English garden of the Rectory is a tranquil space complete with its iconic Magnolias. You will be inspired by the garden’s peaceful, romantic vintage feel.  Located in the heart of beautiful Old Town Alexandria at 711 Princess Street, the Rectory is minutes away from the shops and restaurants of bustling King Street and is easily accessible by bus and metro.

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