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February


Monday, February 8 | 7:00 pm
Language, Music, & Meaning - A special evening for Merola members
Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue)
Admission free to Merola members. To make reservations, please contact Miriam Rosenfeld at mrosenfeld@merola.org or (415) 936-2321.

'Where words leave off, music begins.' - Heinrich Heine

Language, Music, & Meaning examines the complex and fascinating relationship between music and text. The evening features Sheri Greenawald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, in discussion with Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies, and Alessandra Cattani, Italian Diction Coach for the San Francisco Opera. Merola alums and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows perform selections. A complementary wine and cheese reception follows. Admission to Merola members with advance reservation. Not a member or need to renew? For information, click here.

Sunday, February 28 | 5:30 pm
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Presented by the Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Opera Center
Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco)
Tickets and information here

Steven Blier, piano
Amina Edris, soprano (Merola 2015)
Edward Nelson, baritone (Merola 2014)
Brad Walker, bass-baritone (Merola 2015)

New York Festival of Song Artistic Director Steven Blier leads a musical tour to ports of call around the world. The eclectic program includes works by Harold Arlen, Georges Bizet, Hoagy Carmichael, Noel Coward, Edvard Grieg, Carlos Guastavino, Ernesto Nazareth, Cole Porter, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ned Rorem, Anton Rubinstein, and Joaquin Turína.

March


Sunday, March 6 | 5:30 pm
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Presented by the Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Opera Center
Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco)
Tickets and information here

Daniel Okulitch, bass-baritone (Merola 2002)
John Churchwell, piano (Merola 1996)

The program will showcase American composers including music of Ricky Ian Gordon and Emmy Award-winning composer Glen Roven.

Sunday, March 20 | 1:00 pm
Merola Goes to the Movies presents Rigoletto (1981)
SF Library Main Branch (100 Larkin Street)
In Italian with English subtitles | Film runs 2 hours, 8 minutes

A free film screening of Verdi's classic, starring Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Victoria Vergara, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Riccardo Chailly.
For more information, please click here.

Sunday, March 20 | 5:30 pm
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Presented by the Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Opera Center
Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco)
Tickets and information here

Efraín Solís, baritone (Merola 2013)
Bryndon Hassman, piano (Merola 1989, 1990)

The program will include Maurice Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles, songs by the pioneering Mexican composer and songwriter María Grever, music of Franz Schubert, and other works.

April


Sunday, April 24 | 5:30 pm
Schwabacher Debut Recital
Presented by the Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Opera Center
Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco)
Tickets and information here

Kihun Yoon, baritone (Merola 2015)
Mark Morash, piano (Merola 1987)

Featuring works by Jacques Ibert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and a selection of Korean art songs.

May


Sunday, May 29 | 1:00 pm
Merola Goes to the Movies presents La Cenerentola
SF Library Main Branch (100 Larkin Street
In Italian with English subtitles | Film runs 1 hour, 30 minutes

A free film screening of Rossini's masterpiece, starring Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997), Juan Diego Flórez, Bruno De Simone, Simón Orfila. Conductor Patrick Summers (Merola 1986,1987). For more information, please click here.


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