Reasons to become a Merola Member

What Merola Membership Means for You

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Ruth Ann Swenson and John Matthews in Rigoletto, 1982
  • Merola members have the satisfaction of playing an important role in the development of young opera artists. Members ensure the future of the operatic art form.
  • Members have opportunities to meet and mingle with tomorrow's opera luminaries and can say "I knew her/him when..." There is tremendous excitement when an artist you have met, and whose growth you have witnessed, becomes a famous opera star.
  • Members get early notification of exciting events that benefit the training program.
  • Members are invited to special events including Master Classes led by legendary opera artists. Past Master Teachers have included Regine Crespin, Joan Sutherland, Lotfi Mansouri, Reri Grist, Leontyne Price, Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Thomas Hampson, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Steven Blier and Carol Vaness. Our members find these classes to be instructive and inspiring. Attending a summer’s classes constitutes a virtual college degree in opera, music and singing.