2015 Calendar

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March

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Martuni's (4 Valencia Street, San Francisco)
90 minutes and two martinis later; an evening with Hadleigh Adams
This performance is sold out.
Merola Plus (Merola's young professionals group) invites you to a special evening. Former Merola Opera Program alumnus and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Hadleigh Adams takes you on a musical journey from one side of the world to the other in 90 minutes and two martinis later; an evening with Hadleigh Adams. Click here for information.

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
Martuni's (4 Valencia Street, San Francisco)
90 minutes and two martinis later; an evening with Hadleigh Adams
This performance is sold out.
Merola Plus (Merola's young professionals group) invites you to a special evening. Former Merola Opera Program alumnus and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Hadleigh Adams takes you on a musical journey from one side of the world to the other in 90 minutes and two martinis later; an evening with Hadleigh Adams. The first performance sold out - Don't miss this special added performance. 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). Esteemed pianist and conductor Martin Katz will be joined by four of the Adler Fellows in a program featuring Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder, Ravel’s Five Greek Folksongs, selections from Canteloube’s Chants d'Auvergne, Ginastera’s Cinco Canciones populares argentinas, Three Duets by Celius Dougherty, and the gambling songs of American folksinger, folklorist and composer John Jacob Niles. Click here for tickets.

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm
Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church (410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley)
Marin Recital
Suggested donation $10 and above at the door
The Merola Opera Program returns to Marin County with a special recital featuring soprano Maria Valdes and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg, Merola Opera Program alums and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows. The program, titled Finding Home, features a mix of Spanish, Zarzuela, and American songs by composers such as Aaron Copland, Pablo Luna and Manuel Fernández Cabellero. Click here 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 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.

July

Thursday, July 9, 7:30 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Schwabacher Summer Concert

Saturday, July 11, 2 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Schwabacher Summer Concert (free admission)

Thursday, July 23rd, 7:30 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
The Medium and Gianni Schicchi

Saturday, July 25, 2 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
The Medium and Gianni Schicchi

August

Thursday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
Don Pasquale

Saturday, August 8, 2 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
Don Pasquale

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm
Merola Grand Finale and Reception
War Memorial Opera House

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, 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 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, 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 in a glittering, glamorous Hollywood-inspired production from Staatskapelle Berlin.

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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