2015 Calendar

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February

Monday, February 2, 6:00 pm
An Evening of Planned Giving (For Merola members only)
Enjoy an evening of wine and hors-d'oeuvres as Fred Hartwick, Merola member and Stanford University Philanthropic Advisor, shares how planned giving can benefit you, your family and Merola. A performance by Hadleigh Adams (Merola 2012) follows. Advance RVSP required.
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Sunday, February 8, 5:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El (2 Lake Street, San Francisco)
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Featuring Erin Johnson (soprano - Merola 2012) and Sun Ha Yoon (piano - Merola 2012) performing selections by Argento and Fauré, plus Elizabethan songs.
Click here for tickets. See below for information.

Sunday, February 22, 11:00 am
Clay Theatre (2261 Fillmore Street, San Francisco)
Royal Opera House screening
Join Merola for the Royal Opera House's production of Andrea Chenier, starring Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Denyce Graves.

Monday, February 23, 7:00 pm
2015 Merola Summer Festival Preview (For Merola members only)
Learn all about Merola's exciting 2015 Summer Festival! Sheri Greenwald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, and Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies for the San Francisco Opera Center, discuss the repertoire and productions for our 58th season, which includes the Schwabacher Summer Concert, The Medium, Gianni Schicchi, Don Pasquale and the Merola Grand Finale. Members of the Adler Fellow program will perform.
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Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Opera at the Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum (200 Lark Street, San Francisco)
East meets West in an exciting evening of traditional Asian folk music and Western opera arias performed by Adler Fellows from the San Francisco Opera, alumni of the Merola Opera Program . A wine and cheese reception follows. To order tickets, click here or visit the museum's Visitor's Services Department.

March

Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm
Merola Legacy Society Reception (For Merola Legacy Society members only)
An evening that recognizes those who have included Merola in their planned giving. We honor those who are leaving a legacy that will help us continue to develop the future of opera. A wine and hors-d'oeuvres reception is followed by performances by members of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows. Would you like to help support the future of opera? Become a Merola Legacy Society member. Click here for information.

Sunday, March 15, 5:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El (2 Lake Street, San Francisco)
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Featuring Martin Katz (piano), Jacqueline Piccolino (soprano- Merola 2012, 2013), Zanda Švēde (mezzo-soprano - Merola 2013), Chong Wang (tenor - Merola 2014) and Matthew Stump (bass-baritone - Merola 2014) performing works by Brahms, Ravel, Dougherty, Canteloube, Niles and Ginastera.
Click here for tickets. See below for information.

Sunday, March 22, 1:00 pm
SF Library Main Branch (100 Larkin Street, San Francisco) - Koret Auditorium
Merola Goes to the Movies
Free screening of Manon
Two brilliant Merola alumni, Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998), shine in this lyrical, passionate love story. See below for detailed information. Co-presented by Unitel Classica.

Sunday, March 29, 5:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El (2 Lake Street, San Francisco)
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Featuring Julie Adams (soprano - Merola 2014) and John Churchwell (piano - Merola 1996) performing selections by Bachelet, Hoiby, Rachmaninoff, Greig and Korngold.
Click here for tickets. See below for information.

April

Saturday, April 25, 6:00 pm
InterContinental Hotel (888 Howard Street, San Francisco)
2015 Merola Annual Spring Benefit Gala - A Waltz Down the Blue Danube
Violinists will serenade you as you arrive for the 6:00 PM cocktail reception and silent auction. The 2015 Adler Fellows will then entertain you with a program of operatic selections carefully chosen by our artistic and musical studies directors, Sheri Greenawald and Mark Morash. The evening will conclude with dancing and after-dinner drinks. Click here for tickets and information.

May

Sunday, May 3, 5:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El (2 Lake Street, San Francisco)
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Featuring Talya Lieberman (soprano - Merola 2014), Edward Nelson (baritone - Merola 2014) and Allen Perriello (piano - Merola 2008) performing selections by Britten, Poulenc, Edna St. Vincent Millay and the West Coast premiere of Four Folksongs by Nico Muhly.
Click here for tickets. See below for information.

Sunday, May 24, 1:00 pm
SF Library Main Branch (100 Larkin Street, San Francisco) - Koret Auditorium
Merola Goes to the Movies
Free screening of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci
Join us for this thrilling double bill of two vibrant operas known for their taut drama and powerful, haunting music -Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana starring Plácido Domingo and Yelena Obratzsova, and Leoncavallo’sI Pagliacci, starring Plácido Domingo and Teresa Stratas. Both directed by Franco Zefferelli. See below for detailed information. Co-presented by Unitel Classica.

Merola Events

Schwabacher Debut Recitals

See and hear the future of opera! Since 1983, the Schwabacher Debut Recitals have been instrumental in launching the careers of great artists including Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Brian Asawa and Anna Netrebko. These recitals feature art songs and contemporary classical works. See them first—before they become world-famous. Click here for tickets (listed under "Other Productions") or call the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330..

All recitals take place at Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street in San Francisco.

Sunday, February 8, 5:30pm
Featuring Erin Johnson (soprano - Merola 2012) and Sun Ha Yoon (piano - Merola 2012) performing selections by Argento and Faure, plus Elizabethan songs.

Sunday, March 15, 5:30pm
Martin Katz (piano) with Jacquelino Piccolino (soprano - Merola 2012, 2013), Zanda Švēde (mezzo-soprano - Merola 2013), Chong Wang (tenor - Merola 2014) and Matthew Stump (bass-baritone - Merola 2014)

Sunday, March 29, 5:30pm
Featuring Julie Adams (soprano - Merola 2014) and John Churchwell (piano - Merola 1996) performing selections by Bachelet, Hoiby, Rachmaninoff, Greig and Korngold.

Sunday, May 3, 5:30pm
Featuring Talya Lieberman (soprano - Merola 2014), Edward Nelson (baritone - Merola 2014) and Allen Perriello (piano - Merola 2008) performing selections by Britten, Poulenc, Edna St. Vincent Millay and the West Coast premiere of Four Folksongs by Nico Muhly.

Tickets
4-Concert Subscription: $80* Must be purchased at the San Francisco Opera Box Office in person or by phone at (415) 864-3330.

Single Tickets: $30* May be purchased online or through the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330.

Student rush with valid ID: $15 Available only at Temple Emanu-el 30 minutes before the performance; 2 tickets per ID; subject to availability.

* $11 handling fee applies to all phone, web, and subscription sales. Cast, programs, prices and schedules are subject to change.

The Schwabacher Recital Series is endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of celebrated Bay Area singer, scholar and teacher James Schwabacher and sponsored by the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust.

Merola Goes to the Movies


Screenings at the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street) | Koret Auditorium
Admission is free | Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm.


See legendary operas captured on film. Merola Goes to the Movies brings opera master works to the silver screen for free. All screenings take place at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch in the beautiful Koret Auditorium. A pre-screening talk by a Merola representative gives you fascinating insights about the opera. You can enter a free drawing to win great prizes.

We are pleased to welcome a new partner and the primary film provider for Merola Goes to the Movies - Unitel Classica, one of the world's leading producers and distributors of classical music for audiovisual media.

For more information, contact Merola at 415.565.6427 or mop@SFOpera.com.

Sunday, January 25th, 1:00 pm
Don Giovanni
W.A. Mozart
Starring Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980), Christine Schäfer, Melanie Diener, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Isabel Bayrakdarian
From the Salzburg Festival
Directed by Martin Kusej | Vienna Philharmonic

With more than 2,000 romantic conquests, Don Giovanni lives life in the fast lane until a mysterious meeting with a statue begins his downward spiral. From overture to epilogue, this opera is considered by many to be Mozart’s greatest work, filled with sweeping melodies and a stirring finale that will leave you trapped between heaven and hell. Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) leads a stellar cast. A contemporary version from the 2006 Salzburg Festival.

Sunday, March 22nd, 1:00 pm
Manon
Jules Massenet
Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996), Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998)
Directed by Vincent Paterson Staatskapelle Berlin

Two brilliant Merola alumni, Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998), shine in this lyrical, passionate love story. Sheltered Manon Lescaut is on her way to a convent when she falls madly in love. This operatic masterwork takes you to the splendors of Paris to the desolation of a Louisiana swamp, all set to Massenet's ravishing score.

Sunday, May 24, 1:00 pm
Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci
Mascagni and Leoncavallo
Plácido Domingo, Teresa Stratas, Elena Obraztsova, Renato Bruson, Juan Pons
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Join us for this thrilling double bill of two vibrant operas known for their taut drama and powerful, haunting music. In Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Plácido Domingo and Yelena Obratzsova star as ex-lovers in a story of passion and betrayal set against the harsh beauty of Sicily. In Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, illicit love and revenge play out on stage and off among a traveling theater troop. Domingo again stars, this time as the leader of the theater troop whose clown’s mask hides his anguish over the betrayal of his young wife (the brilliant Teresa Stratas). Franco Zefferelli brings his keen director’s eye to both operas and George Pretre conducts.

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