Merola Donors

List of Donors

The Merola Opera Program is dedicated to the continuing education and training of the finest young operatic talent and the development of this talent into professional opera singers, coaches and stage directors of the highest artistic caliber. Merola operates in close artistic collaboration with San Francisco Opera but is an independent nonprofit organization. Governed by a separate board of directors, Merola is responsible for its own long-term financial stability and fundraising, and is grateful to the hundreds of loyal members, donors and foundations who support the Program.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all donors and acknowledge the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their generous gifts made between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015, in support of the Merola Opera Program. For more information about supporting the Merola Opera Program, please contact (415) 936-2324 or e-mail






Donation Amount: $30,000+



National Endowment for the Arts



Al Garren Fund

Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation


San Francisco Opera Association*



Ms. Eloise Bouye


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Donation Amount: $20,000 - $29,999



Bernard Osher Foundation



Culinary Excellence Catering*




Nordin and Donna Blacker
Miss Vivienne E. Miller

Mike and Rusty Rolland

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Donation Amount: $10,000 - $19,999




Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club
Kia Ora Foundation
The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation

The Henry W. and Nettie Robinson Foundation
Rusty Rolland and the Schick Fund
Wallis Foundation


Dandelion Chocolate




Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri*
Dr. Phyllis B. Blair
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mary and Craig Henderson
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel*
Barbara K. Jackson

Mr. John Lee
Ellen and Laura Michelson
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg*
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
In Memory of Cameron Waterman III

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Donation Amount: $5,000 - $9,999



Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston,The Shenson
   Foundation in memory of Ben & A. Jess Shenson

The Ross McKee Foundation 



Meyer Sound*
Nob Hill Gazette*

Uncle Yu's at Livermore



Masha Archer*
Darla and Richard Bastoni
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander L. Brainerd*
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin*
Drs. John and Lois Crowe
Dr. and Mrs. Roy L. Curry*
Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson
Mary and Tom Foote
Mrs. Ronald Gray
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
John and Cynthia Fry Gunn
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Ms. Harriet Heyman
   and Mr. Michael Moritz
Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Norman T. Larson
Bernice and John Lindstrom

Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Thomas E. Morton and Anne L. Morton
Norby Anderson
Ms. Patricia Nottingham
Mary Stevens Riley
Mr. Gerald B. Rosenstein
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Bob and Terri Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schafer
Natalie O. Shuttleworth*
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner*
Mrs. Alfred Wilsey
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Susan York
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Zderic Anonymous

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Donation Amount: $2,000 to $4,999




Arthur and Charlotte Zitrin Foundation
Opera Standees Association
Raymond Family Foundation
San Francisco Opera Guild
    East Bay Chapter

San Francisco Opera Guild
   Peninsula Chapter
San Jose Opera Guild
The Sequoia Trust
Walter and Elisa Haas Fund
William Karl Schwarze Trust



Breathless Wines*
Hafner Vineyard*

Tante Marie's Cooking School*



Mr. and Mrs. Phillip B. Beck
Ms. Helen Berggruen
Ms. Lucia Bogatay
Ms. Brooke Bourland
Ms. Langley Brandt
Ms. Annette Campbell-White
    and Dr. Ruediger Naumann-Etienne
Ms. Frances Campra
Ms. Birgit Chase
Maureen Clarke
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Cross
Dr. James Tristan Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
George and Susan Crow
Mrs. Mary A. Culp
Dr. Lisa Danzig
Peggy and Reid Dennis
Ms. Susan English
    and Mr. Michael Kalkstein
Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Eschbach
Mr. Thomas E. Foutch
Ms. Pamela George
Michael A. Harrison
    and Susan Graham Harrison
Ms. Susan Hone
Greer and Thayer Hopkins
Mrs. Dana T. Horner
Mr. David S. Hugle
Ms. H. Nona Hungate
Dr. Israel Katz

Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lindberg
Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Dr. Myron Marx*
James R. MeehanMr. Stanley Michael and Mr. John Churchwell
David Miller
Ms. Camille Morishige
Robert B. Mison
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Mr. Haggai Niv
Mr. Paul D. Nordine
Hiroko Prather
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Robbins/Cullen Family
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Ms. Jean Shuler
Dr. J. H. Silveira
Mary and Paul Slawson*
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Gerald D. Sullivan and Judith K. Sullivan
Mrs. Mary K. Swalen
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Douglas Von Qualen
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Anita Weissberg
Ms. Faye Wilson
Dr. and Mrs. Alejandro and Leah Zaffaroni
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Stephen and Connie Zilles

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Donation Amount: $1,000 to $1,999




Joyce and William Brantman Foundation
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

San Francisco Opera Guild Marin Chapter



Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco*
Les Clos San Francisco*

San Francisco Zoological Society*
The Wine Country Inn*



Ms. Dolores M. Allen
Patricia Vaughn Angell
Nina K. Auerbach, MD
Mary Sherrill Baxter
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bialek
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Paul and Kathy Bissinger
Mrs. Peter H. Black
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cabak
Ms. Barbara Cartier
Mr. Martin S. Checov and Mr. Timothy J. Bause
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cluff
Mrs. Beverly Coughlin
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Mr. David Dickson and Mr. Patrick Wilken
Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeSocio
Ms. Melanie Dodd
Keith Doerge
Jerome C. Draper in memory of Norma Draper*
Ms. Donna Dubinsky and Mr. Len Shustek
Mr. Robert A. Ellis and Ms. Jane W. Bernstein
Mr. Robert F. Ewing and Mr. Cesar L. De Joya, Jr.
Mr. Peter Felleman
Mrs. William M. Friede
Mr. Martin Friedman
Mr and Mrs. Paul Gomory*
Anne P. Gray
Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp
Ms. Maxine Hickman
Wilma Horwitz
Mr. Robert Jacoby
Ms. Andrea G. Julian
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kahn
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Mr. Robert Kavanaugh and Ms. Dale Robards
Ms. Nelda Kilguss
Dr. Marion R. Kramer
Mr. Lorrin G. Kroska
William W. Kwan
Ms. Kathe Lange

Mrs. Nancy Donnell Lilly
Ms. R. Gisela Lloyd
Mr. William Lokke
Eve and Niall Lynch
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Nola Masterson and Bruce Jenett*
Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine
Patrick McCabe
Ms. Anne G. McWilliams
Mr. Albert Medvitz and Ms. Jeanne McCormack
Mr. John C. Miller
Mrs. Pamela Murdock
David and Marilyn Nasatir
Robert and Carol Parvin
Suzanne Pollak
Ms. Susan K. Prather
Mrs. Edward W. Rosston
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Dr. and Mrs. David Schindler
Debra R. Schoenberg
Mr. Steven Shladover
Ruth A. Short
Dr. and Mrs. Jon F. Sigurdson
Mrs. Richard Swig
Dr. Sam Thal
Ms. Maggie Thompson
Dr. William and Patty Weeden
Mrs. Nelson Wild
Ms. Shirley Woo and Mr. David Rosenfeld
Ms. Anne Zucchi

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Donation Amount: $500 to $999




Argonaut Hotel*
BellaGrace Vineyards*
David Girard Vineyards*
Disneyland Resort*
Dutch Henry Winery*
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco*
Hotel Del Sol*

InterContinental Chicago*
Lyric Opera of Chicago*
Magimix by Robot-Coupe*
Piperade Restaurant*
San Francisco Performances*
Schug Carneros Estate Winery*
Southwest Airlines*
Truett Hurst*



Norman Abramson and David Beery
Cantor Roslyn Barak
Mrs. Clare-Louise Bates
Ms. Karen Baumer
Mr. Frank S. Bayley III
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bean
Phil and Margaret Beck*
Karen Breslin
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Broido
Robert E. Brown and Agnes Chen Brown
Ms. Park Chamberlain
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Cheitlin
Mr. Robert Cook and Ms. Blanca Haendler
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Crain
Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Crane Dorfman
Chef Kristin Doyle*
Ms. Cheryl Fippen
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fleischman
Mr. and Mrs. A. Gherardi
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Haas
Mr. Fred Hartwick
Mr. and Mrs. Claude M. Hess
Mr. Thomas F. Holt
Mr. Wade H. Hover
Ms. Lauren Ito and Ms. Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Mr. Erwin L. Kelly, Jr.
Ms. Eiko Kikawada
Ms. Marcia Kimes
Ms. Diana Kissil and Mr. John Cullison
Mr. Martin Kooi
Mr. Randall E. Laroche and Mr. David Laudon
Dr. and Mrs. John Lavorgna

Ms. Myra K. Levenson
Ms. Eugenia Loken
Mrs. Sandra Potter Lundgren
Ms. Marian Marsh
Mr. Ludovico Mazzola
Ms. Elaine McKenna
Ms. Janet McLeod
Ms. Ada Mei
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Miller
Mr. Peter J. Musto
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Nute
Anna and Frank Pope
Terrence and Pamela Ponsford*
Mrs. Helen C. Prather
Ms. Danielle Rebischung
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
Ms. Marianne Buttner Robison
Mr. Richard L. Rockwell
Mr. Ronald V. Rosequist
Dr. and Mrs. Rolf G. Scherman
Diana and Richard Shore
Mr. and Mrs. David Sloss
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sonnenblick
James and Anna Spudich
Ms. Ann Stone
Francis W. Thorn
Mr. Hugh C. Trutton
Ms. Kimberly Twesme
Ms. Gloria Valentine
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Mr. Julius Young and Ms. Barbara Soong Anonymous

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Donation Amount: $250 to $499




Alexis Bittar*
American Bach Soloists*
Chateau Adore*
Dawn Ranch and The Agriculture Public House*
Glendeven Inn*
The Fairmont San Jose*
Hotel Nikko
Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf*
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco*

Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate*
Opera San Jose*
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra*
Pier 39*
Presidio Golf Course*
Ridge Vineyards*
San Francisco Giants*
San Francisco Marriott Marquis*
San Francisco Symphony*
The Santa Fe Opera*
Vancouver Opera*
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center*
Wine Shop at Home*
The Winery SF*
Woods Beer Co.*
Yokoo Pearls, Inc.*




Mr. Clyde Allen
Ms. Carolee Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Mr. David N. Barnard
Martha Nell Beatty
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Belknap
Miss Carol Benz
Ms. Nancy Berry
William Blake*
Ms. Linda Blondis
Mr. and Mrs. John Blum
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. Bruce Bowen and Ms. Junona Jonas
Ms. Robin Brass Virginia L. Brown
Keith and Jennifer Cerny
Raymond and Minnie Chinn
Mr. C. Paul Christianson
Revered David L. Clarke
Ms. Ms. Carol Copperud
Mrs. Louise Costigan-Kerns
Barrett and Muriel Crawford
Guy Cross
Mr. Robert Crow
Mr. Gerald F. Currier
    and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Ms. Denise Daley
Mrs. Linda Dunn
Ms. Barbra Dwyer
Mrs. Anita C. Eble
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Ms. Wendy Fantl
Mrs. Monique Fasquelle
Ms. Pamela D. Ferris
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Mrs. Stanley M. Friedman
Ms. Sandra Gale
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilmartin
Ms. Doris W. Grau
Mr. Barry Granor
Ms. Ellen Grinnell
M Ms. Theresa Hallinan
Miss Donna E. Harris
Hunter P. Harris
Mr. Jake Heggie
Mr. Thomas Hibdon
Mr. Ralph D. Holt
MElizabeth Hotchkin
Mr. and Mrs. Raymound Houck
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Mr. Jorge Jaramillo
Mr. Cliff Jarrard
Ms. Jean Kellogg
Mrs. Elsie M. Kelly

Dr. Robert and Christine Kradjian
Dr. William Kwan*
Marcia Lazer
Dr. Jack Leibman
Mr. Hollis Lenderking
Mr. Roy Levin and Ms. Jan Thomson
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Levinson
Mr. Alan Smith and Dr. Helen Lew
Mr. Norman Licht and Helen Ann Licht
Mrs. John G. Lilienthal
Ms. Sara N. Lovett
Mr. Jeffrey Lowry
Ms. Diana Lum and Mr. Dave Gomberg
Ms. Deborah Marion
Anne E. Matthew
Ms. Sandra Mattos
John G. McGehee
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. McKaskle
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McNulty
Patricia Mitchell
Ms. Nancy Nee
Dr. and Mrs. Tony Nespole
Mr. and Mrs. D. Warner North
Ms. Joan O'Leary
Dr. Judy O'Young and Mr. Gregg Hauser
Mr. Robert Oaks and Mr. Fred Sheng
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Oliver
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Marie Louise Otto
Ms. Anna Marie Payne
Dr. Geoffrey Quinn and Ms. Christine Weicher
Mr. and Mrs. William Rabe
Mr. Peter M. Radin and Ms. Kathy Trafton
Mrs. Nancy B. Ream
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Dr. and Mrs. Alan Roth
Ms. Kathleen Rydar
Mr. Jan Samzelius
Mr. and Mrs. Don Schmidek
Mr. and Mrs. James P. Schmidt
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schroeder
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene J. Segre
Mr. Sean SeLegue and Mr. Richard A. Zuniga
Ms. Josiane Selvage
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Mr. John Shott and Ms. Heidi Munzinger
Mr. Hiram Simon
Ms. Harriet Simpson
Mr. David Snow
Mr. Kenneth Sproul
Mr. Russell Stanaland
Susie and Britt Stitt
Mr. Ian E. Stockdale
Elliot and Alice Swanson
Mrs. Violet Taaffe
Mr. Henry Tang
Mr. and Mrs. Felipe Teutle
Emmanuel Uren
Mary and Terry Vogt
Susan Walker
Dr. Ronald and Emely Weissman
Dr. and Mrs. David Werdegar
Dr. Ronald Wing
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Worn
Mr. and Mrs. John Yee
Mr. Mark Ziering
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Zlatchin

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Donation Amount: $175 to $249




Bix Restaurant*
Cal Performances*
Cobb Wines*
Cultural Treasures*
Domaine Carneros*
Festival Opera*
FIORE Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars*
Hotel Kabuki*
Houston Grand Opera*
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis*
Pangloss Cellars*

Patz and Hall Winery*
People's Wine Revolution*
Selby Winery*
Sol Rouge*



Mr. Stephen Arkin and Ms. Barbara Koenig
Mrs. Kirklin Ashley
Paul and Linda Baumann
Paulo S. Bernardino
Ms. Jodie Beyer
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Brock
Mrs. Mary Jo Broderick
Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Brody
Ms. Lisa Burkett
Mr. Martin Cohn
Ms. Claudia Conrad
Mr. Copley E. Crosby and Ms. Marianne A. Welmers
Bob and Norma Dallachie
Ms. Diane Daniels and Mr. Leonard Heil
Ms. Marty Davi
Ms. Tenki T. Davis
Joseph and Barbara Fredrick
Ms. Bernice Frucht
Mr. Gary Gao
Ms. Tracy Grant
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greber
Mrs. Bronwyn H. Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Handeland
Ms. Mary Harden
Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Havel
Ms. Wendy Hillhouse
Mrs. Henry P. Huff III
Ronald T. Hughes
Herbert and Barbara Graham Kreissler
Ms. Gladys Kurzuk-Howard
Mr. Robert Lane
Dr. Ralda Lee
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt

Miss Janice C. Levy
Ms. Nora Lindahl
Mr. Peter Lundberg
Mrs. Emily Marcus
Ms. Cari McAskill
Bill Medigovich
Mr. Jim Meredith
Ms. Cosette P. Mitchell
Mr. Robert Patton
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Perkins
Mr. Mark Picciano and Mr. Richard Shearin
Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Pohl
Ms. Juidth L. Reynolds
Kaye Rosso
Kenneth Ruta
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sagues
Ms. L. Christine Selle
Dr. and Mrs. James Shapiro
Margrate V. Sheehan
Mrs. Laurence M. Symmes
Mr. Cesar Ulloa and Mr. Gary Aliperti
Ms. Jane Wallace
Ms. Ching-Yu Wang
Mr. Stephen White

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Donation Amount: $75 to $174




Amici Di Merola
The Kerry Lobel & Marta Drury Fund of the Horizons Foundation




42nd Street Moon
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar*
Beach Blanket Babylon*
Blue Water Seafood and Crab*
California Academy of Sciences*
Chez Maman*
Dashe Cellars*
The Elite Cafe*
FIVE Restaurant and Bar*
Flavor Bistro*
Gregory Graham Wines*
Gundlach Bundschu*
Hayes Street Grill*
Hotel Shattuck Plaza*
International Orange Spa*
InterContinental Spa*
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines*

Lagunitas Brewery*
Lamplighters Music Theatre*
Landmark Vineyards*
Langtry Estate & Vineyards*
Ledson Winery and Vineyards*
Markham Vineyards*
Menlo Grill Bistro and Bar*
Neiman Marcus*
Oakland Ballet Company*
Opera Parallele*
Opera Santa Barbara*
Peju Province Winery*
Peninsula Symphony*
Perbacco Ristorante & Bar*
Rigg Estate Vineyard*
Rock Wall Wine Company*
Rose's Cafe*
San Francisco Boys Chorus*
Six Sigma Ranch & Winery*
Smuin Ballet*
Susan Graff Limited*
VJB Vineyards and Cellars*
The Walt Disney Family Museum
West Edge Opera*
Winery Collective*



Mr. Stanley R. Abramson
Ms. Gertrud Albert
Ms. Dolores Ali
Drs. Paul and Geraldine Alpert
Ms. Kristin Anundsen
Mr. Derik Aoki
Ms. Janice Babcock
Anne N. Baldwin
Mr. Marc Barberis
Amii and Michael Barnard-Bahn
Ms. Linda Barrett
Ms. Maureen Bennett
Prof. Raymond J. Berard
Ms. Anna Bergman
Mr. Steven Binder
   and Ms. Barbara Anscher
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Boeckmann
Ms. Gun Bolin
Dr. Victor Bonfilio
Sylvia and Seymour Boorstein
Ms. Jeannette Boudreau
Ms. Robin Bradford and Mr. William Hamilton
Lois Brainard
Veronica Beuer
Mrs. Kathleen M. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Brudos
Dr. James Marvin Campbell
Ms. Honora Carson
Col. and Mrs. Bruce Carswell
Dr. Randolph H. Chase
Dr. Leo W. K. Cheng
Mr. Eric Choate
Rosalind Colver
Mr. Paul Connolly
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cooper
Mrs. James E. Court
Patricia Craig
Ms. Kathleen Crisp
David Dall
Mr. Arthur Davidson
Ms. Francine Davis
Ms. Shari Deghi
Mr. Douglas Del Paggio
Phylis Demchick
Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. E. Dennis
Dr. William R. Dorrance
Mrs. Cameron Dorsey
Ms. Jeanne Dorward
Mr. and Mrs. Larry R. Drees
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Edelman
Ms. Janet Elliott
Donna Ellis
Ms. Jane Ellison
Mr. Robert H. Enslow
Ms. Maja N. Fara
Ms. Zonia Fasquelle
Mr. Roland Feller
Ms. Ruth Felt
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fenwick
Ms. Nancy Fernandez
Jon W. and Ellen V. Florey
Dr. Frederick Gabali
Mr. James Gabbard and Ms. Yana Zimmerman
Mr. Nick Gerson
Mr. Robert Gilchrist
Mr. John Gildersleeve
Mr. John Gilmor and Mr. Richard N. Emery
Mr. William W. Godward
Dr. Steven Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grang
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Greene
Mr. David Grounds
Ms. Sara Haber
Ms. Bessie Hahn
Ms. Jeanne Halpern
Ms. Barbara E. Harms
Joseph H. Harris Jr.
Ms. Julie Harris
Frank and Sue Hartdegen
Mr. Randall Heilbrunn
Mr. Gerald Heineck
Dr. John L. Herbert
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hoffman
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer Hotz
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer Hotz
Ms. Margaret C. Hutchins
Mr. and Mrs. Clint Jennings
Ms. Meg A. Kellogg
Mrs. Celia Kelly
Mrs. Richard Kirby
Mrs. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Miss Patricia Kline

Ms. Andrea Kohlruss
Ms. Nancy Krauser
Ms. Corinne Kremlacek
Ms. Beatrice Krivetsky
Mr. and Mrs. Kurt F. Kubatz
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Judith A. Lamberti
Mr. Steven Langer
Mr. and Mrs. David Layne
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Graham Leaper
Mr. Richard Ledon
Dr. and Mrs. William Leider
Ms. Lamar Leland
Ms. Margaret Levitt
Mr. Aren Lijphart and Ms. Gisela Meyers
Ms. Donna Lim
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lin
Ms. Bonnie Lindahl
Mr. Alan Lofaso
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ludgus
Mr. Allen Mann
Mr. William Martinelli
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Josephine Maxon
Ms. Sharon McAllister
William T. McCraw and Janet Muscio
Chris McCrum
Mr. Donald L. McGee
Rev. Melinda McLain and Colleen Rodger
Mr. Steven Mendoza
Ms. Thelma Morris
Ms. Della Mundy
Mr. Wallace A. Myers
Hilda Namm
Ms. Eileen C. O'Keeffe
Mr. Tito Patri and Mrs. Bobby Reich-Patri
Ms. Dagnija Peterson
Ms. Dagnija Peterson
J. T. Philip
Mr. Herbet C. Ploch
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie Post
Ms. Karen Burtness Prak
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Preiner
Mr. and Mrs. John Priest
Patrica Rees-Miller
Ms. Shirley Reith
Ms. Virginia Reyna
Mr. Dale Rice
Mrs. Adrian G. Robertson
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Robins
Mr. Thomas C. Robinson
Ms. Jo-Ann Rose
Ms. Isabella Rosen
Ms. Joan Rost
Elisabeth Z. Rothenberger
Mr. Victor Rowley and Dr. Stanley K. Yarnell
Elizabeth Rupp
Ms. Constance Schwarz
Ms. Barbara Selvidge
Ms. Natalie Shapiro
John M. Shaughnessy
Margaret V. Sheehan
Olga Sheridan, CMT*
Mr. John Skonberg
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Slayen
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sleeth
Mr. Douglas Sorenson and Ms. Wendy Lariviere
Mr. Raymond Souza
Mr. John W. Stark
Mr. Al Steger
Mr. John Steinfirst and Ms. Sharon Collins
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Mr. Steven M. Tonkovich
Ms. Roseanna Torretto
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tsukimura
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Turner
Mr. Terry Uptmor
Dr. Marsha Vande Berg
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Nest
Mr. Moez Virani
Mrs. Julia Wall
Ms. Suzette Wallace
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Ms. Rosalie V. Weaver
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Mr. Thomas Wilhite
Mr. Alexander Wilson
Mr. Peter Winkelstein
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wittwer
Ms. Susan Z. Wolfe
Ms. Amy Wolgamott
Ms. Sylvia Wong
Ms. Margaret Wunderlich
Ms. Mary C. Young
Ms. Kathleen Yozie

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Donation Amount: $1 to $74




Apollo Olive Oil*
Buck's of Woodside*
The Cheesecake Factory*

I Claudia, Inc.
Center for Learning in Retirement
Magnolia Pub*
Max's Opera Cafe*
San Francisco Girls Chorus*
Venus Restaurant*



Ms. Joan Adler
Ms. Joan M. Allen
Ms. Michele C. Anderson
Ms. Erica Ankuda
Ms. Diane Ayerdi
Mr. Dale Becherer and Mr. Cole Kinney
Mrs. Richard Beidleman
Mr. Edgar A. Benhard
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Benz
Mrs. Betty I. Bernstein
Ms. Michele Bowden
Mr. and Mrs. Donal Brown
Ms. Anne Buchanan
Ms. Delma Campbell
Mr. William Chinowsky
Miss Joyce K. H. Chow
Ms. Leola Cullinan
Martin and Virginia Davis
Mr. Harvey D. Day
Mr. Jim De Golia
Carol Dickson
Ms. Madeleine Rachel Elias
Mr. and Mrs. Weczeslaw Elsner
Mr. Richard Ely
Mrs. John H. Finger
Ms. Christel Fliss
Ms. Anne Gazenbeek
Ms. Ruth Geos
Drs. Eric and Paula Gillett
Ms. Sarah Glaubman
Simon Glinsky
Mr. John Gosselin
Frances R. Ginnon Jr.
Ms. Michelle Grise Mr. Jesse Grodnik
Mr. Jack Halpern
Mr. Patrick L. Hatcher
Ms. Marion Hazzard
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hellerstein
Mr. Barry D. Hovis
Ms. Martha Howard
Ms. Nadine Hubbell

Mr. Luther Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson
Ms. Judith Kahn
Ms. Ingrid Kallman
Mr. John Kirkpatrick
Ms. Anna Lamothe
Mr. Jeff Lancaster
Ms. Laura Leff
Ms. Alice Lehmann
Ms. Sally Leonard
Ms. Greta Lodder
Mr. Nathaniel Lopez
Ms. Jennie Magid
Mr. Harry V. McKay
Mrs. Charlotte McMinn
Ms. Carol Messina
Ms. Amy Meyer
Holly and Craig Middleton
Ms. Sandra Miller
Ms. Sara Nealy
Mr. Howard R. Neckel
Ms. Dolores O'Connell
Mrs. Judith Ostapik
Mr. Al Petrosky
L. T. Prescott
Ms. Marcie Purdy
Ms. Carol Price Rabin
Ms. Karma Raines
Ms. Katherine Riva
Ms. Pauline Robert
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rodd
Ms. Madeleine Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney H. Rosenberg
Gail I. Rubman
Mr. Milton Schaefer and Mr. Scott Plakun
Margot Schevill
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur L. Schultz
Ms. Sharon Siebert
Mr. Stephen Silberstein
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Skylor
Dr. Ann Slaby
Ms. Laurel Smith
Mr. John L. Stackpole
Ms. Madlyn Stein
Ms. Bhuma Subramanian
Ms. Sigrid Toreson
Ms. Dana Tran
Carleen S. Trares
Mr. Stephen Van Meter
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Steve and Pat West
Mr. Alfred D. Whitman
Ms. Suzanne Yamada
Ms. O'Brien Young
Mr. Christopher Yu
Mr. and Mrs. E. William Yund
Mr. David Zebker
Trudy Zimmerman

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* full or partial in-kind donation

Special Thanks

Hadleigh Adams
Julie Adams
Amici di Merola
Edoardo Barsotti
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem
Nordin and Donna Blacker
Robert Bosworth
John Britton
Casey Candebat
Marie and Leonard Collins
Leah Crocetto
Helga and Roy Curry
Jayne and Peter Davis
Ashley Dixon
Amina Edris
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Sheri Greenawald
James Heagy
David S. Hugle
James Ioelu
Warren Jones
Martin Katz
Peter Kazaras
Jean Kellogg and Henry Tang
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Drs. Joan and James Kelly
Alasdair Kent
Bruce Lamott
Nafiseh and Karl Lindberg
Noah Lindquist
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
The Estate of Lotfi Mansouri
Joe Marko and Rafael Acevedo
Emily Marcus
Malcolm Martineau
Meyer Sound
Mark Morash
James Morris
Thomas L. Morton and Anne E. Morton
Nic Muni
Matthew Piatt
Dr. Sarah Kelly Oehler
Anthony Reed

Mike and Rusty Rolland
San Francisco Opera
    Electronic Media Depatment
San Francisco Opera's
    Stage Management Team
DeAnna Sherer
Philippe Slyebr />Efrain Solis
Blanche Germain Streeter
Zanda Svede
Kevin Thompson
Peter Winkelstein
Stephen and Connie Zilles

Corporate Matching Gift Donors

Adobe Systems Incorporated
American Express Gift Matching Program
AT&T Foundation
BankAmerica Foundation
Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
Computer Associates International
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
IBM Foundation
JK Group Trustees for Visa International's
    Employee Giving Campaign

McKesson Corporation
Millipore Corporation
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Time Warner Matching Grants Program
Union Bank of California

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Merola Legacy Society

The Merola Legacy Society honors those who have included Merola Opera Program in their will, trust or other estate plans. For more information on how you can support Merola Opera Program through your estate planning, please call (415) 936-2321.

Norman Abramson and David Beery
Mrs. Barbara Adams
Mrs. Judith Anderson
Mrs. John Anderton
Kathleen H. Barr
Ms. Eloise Bouye
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bowen
In Memory of George (Troy) Browman
    and his Living Partner J. Gerald Gagnon
Mr. Donald Buhman
Mr. Russell P. Chappell
Ms. Donna Chazen
Maureen Clarke
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander Brainerd
Michael Colbruno
Jose Maria Condemi
Mrs. Charles Cornman
Mr. Gerald F. Currier
nbsp;   and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mr. Stephen Drewes
Mrs. Thelma Dry
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dwelly
Mr. Robert F. Ewing
    and Mr. Cesar L. De Joya, Jr.
Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson
Mary and Tom Foote
Mario Fracchia
Mrs. William M. Friede
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Ms. Magda Gabali
Mr. Louis B. Gagliardi
Pamela George
Tracy Grant
Miss Doris Grau
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
Dr. and Mrs. John G. Gurley
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Tom Houran and Bill Medigovich
Mr. David S. Hugle
Barbara K. Jackson
Ms. Elizabeth A. Jacobs
Ms. Dagmar L. Jamison
Ms. Joanie Juster
Ms. Jeannie Kaufman
Jean Kellogg
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Mr. Louis A. Koffman
Mr. Ken Kolby
Mrs. Barbara F. Kral
   and Barbara Graham Kreissler

Ms. Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Mr. Frank S. Lanier
Mrs. Olive Lawton
Bernice Gucker Lindstrom
Joseph R. Maletta-Hoffman Family Trust
Ms. Norrine L. Marchegiani-Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Ms. Christine Miller
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
D. G. Mitchell
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Thelma Morris
Mr. Albert L. Mosher
Mr. Milton Mosk
   and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Mr. Carroll J. Newbanks
Ms. Marie J. Niemann
Mr. Haggai Niv
Mr. Carl Noelke
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. O'Hanlon
Ms. Brenda Osborne
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne
   and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Ms. Verna Parino
Robert and Carol Parvin
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. Robert Robertson
Mike and Rusty Rolland
Mr. Gerald Rosenstein
Ms. Louise A. Russell
Bob and Terri Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. John Ryckman
Jeannie Sack
Debra R. Schoenberg
Ms. Marilyn G. Seiberling
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Ms. Jean A. Sherlin
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Mr. and Mrs. David Sloss
Ms. Sue Sommer
Nancy Soper and Robert Soper
Dr. David D. Stein
    and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Dr. Sam Thal
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Mr. Hugh C. Trutton
James S. and Gayle G. Tunnell
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Shirley Wilson Victor
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Ms. Gladys Wagman
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Dr. and Mrs. John A. Zderic

The Merola Opera Program honors the memory of the following friends who have provided a legacy of support through their bequests and other planned gifts this year.

Mrs. Marion Zimmer Bradley
Mr. Allen Chamness
Wiley C. Crawford
Dr. Lilli Kalis

Mr. Theodore A. Kolb
Ms. Vera M. Long
Mr. Jack H. Lund
Mary S. Roy
Ms. Bettie Slissman

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Merola Opera Program wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all donors who have made memorial and honorary donations between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015

In Memory Of


Elean Servi Burgess
Shirley Carroll
Bob Hawes
Janey Heagy
Theodore A. Kolb
Andrew Meltzer
H. Bruce Miniberg
Valerie Pope

Dan Rasdal
Henry W. Robinson and Nettie Robinson
Elli Sax
Joseph Sax
Mr. James H. Schwabacher
Janice Stein
Cameron Waterman III

In Honor Of

Leah Crocetto
Susan Hone
Mr. Frank S. Lanier and Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Bernice and John Lindstrom

Abilio Morais
Mary Riley
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Patrick Summers


Merola Opera Program Endowment
The Merola Opera Program acknowledges with thanks those groups and individuals who have established or support the following endowment funds, which provide lasting tributes and generate continual support for developing the artists of the future.


Kurt Herbert Adler -
    Merola Endowment Fund
Amici di Merola Fund
Barab Family Trust Fund
Dr. Leland Barber
   & Gladys K. Barber Endowment Fund
The Anthony I. Balestrieri Endowment Fund
Richard F. Bartlett Memorial Fund
Jean E. Bennett, Jr. Fund
The Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
John S. Brooks Memorial Fund
Florence Bruce Fund
Bruser Family Fund
Carlton F. Bryan Fund
Betty Cable Fund
Zheng Cao Opera Fund
Mai G. Coggin Endowment Fund
Cooper Endowment Fund
Reid & Peggy Dennis Endowment Fund
Grace A. Diem
   & Alice E. Siemons Endowment Fund
In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
Querita Eybel Endowment Fund
Mr. & Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson Endowment Fund
I. P. Patrick Gallagher Fund
Nicholas & Mary Ann Gannam Endowment Fund
L. Henry Garland Memorial Fund
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund
Donna Lee Grassman Memorial Fund
Gary Griffith Memorial Endowment Fund
Gropper Memorial Fund
Anneliese Gruenberg-Bremer Fund
Otto Guth Fund
Mark Haffner Apprentice Coach Fund
In Memory of James T. Heavey Fund
Elaine Henderson Endowment Fund

Heritage Fund
Vija Hovgard Endowment Fund
David S. Hugle
    and Haggai Niv Endowment Fund
The Jacobs Family Trust
Grace & Mildred Johnson
    Endowment Fund
In Memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
Donald Wayne Kennedy Fund
Leona Gordon Lowin Memorial Fund
Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Director
Meltzer Family Memorial Fund
Merola Members Endowment Fund
Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick
    AIDS Memorial Fund
Oreste J. di Muro Endowment Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation
    Career Grant Endowment
Mary A. Powell Career Grant Fund
In Honor of Leontyne Price
   Endowment Fund
Charles Rolle, M.D. Endowment Fund
Marie Louise Rosenberg Memorial Endowment Fund
Gerald B. Rosenstein Fund
Schick Memorial Fund
Eve & Henry Schlesinger Fund
The Shenson Family Fund
Claudia Stoop Memorial Fund
Blanche Thebom Trust Fund
Dickson Titus III Fund
Alma Brooks Walker Memorial Fund
Frank W. & Matilda O. Weymouth
    Living Trust Fund
James L. Wilson Trust Endowment Fund
In Memory of Patricia Yakutis Endowment Fund
Alma Cella Yoder Trust
Estate of Mr. William Zoller

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Merola Opera Program Career Grants

Merola Opera Program gratefully acknowledges the following donors who have provided special support to our young artists.

  • Dr. Phyllis B. Blair Career Grant–Drs. Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
  • Florence Bruce Career Grant–Mrs. Starr Bruce Endowment Fund
  • Jean Donnell Memorial Career Grant–In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman Career Grant–Mr. Richard N. Goldman Fund
  • Gropper Memorial Career Grant–Alfred Fromm & Otto E. Meyer, in Memory of Dr. Angel Gropper
  • E. A. Haggerty Memorial Career Grant–Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
  • David S. Hugle Career Grant–Mr. David S. Hugle
  • Peter G. Kavantjas Career Grant–In memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
  • Li Foundation Career Grant–Li Foundation Scholarship Fund for Chinese Singers
  • Merola Alumni Career Grant–Merola Opera Program Alumni
  • Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Career Grant–Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Fund
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation Career Grant–The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernhardt Poetz Memorial Career Grant–A Friend of Merola
  • Mary A. Powell Career Grant–Mary A. Powell Fund
  • Schick Memorial Career Grant–Schick Memorial Fund
  • Schwabacher Family Career Grant–Mr. James H. Schwabacher
  • Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation in memory of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson
  • Richard Strauss Opera Career Grant–G. William Jewell, in memory of Mr. Robert C. Silvering
  • Dickson Titus III Career Grant–Dickson Titus III Fund

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