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2019


2019 Summer Festival: tickets to the Schwabacher Summer Concert, world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Merola Grand Finale go on sale to Merola members on Monday, March 4, before they go on sale to the public on Wednesday, March 20.
For tickets, visit the San Francisco Opera Box Offie at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, or call 415-864-3330.


Schwabacher Recital Series

The Schwabacher Recital Series is at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in the War Memorial Veterans Building located at 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at sfopera.com/SRS.

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Mary Evelyn Hangley (Merola 2016), Soprano
Christopher Oglesby (Merola 2018), Tenor
Mark Morash (Merola 1987), Piano
For tickets and information CLICK HERE
Program:
Franz Schubert / Auf dem Strom
Benjamin Britten / Canticle III “Still Falls the Rain”
Richard Strauss / Sechs Lieder, Op. 19
Antonín Dvořák / Cigánské melodie
Charles Ives / Selected songs
Gabriel Fauré / Selected songs
Italian duets (various composers)

If I Were You - A World Premiere Gala

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:00 pm
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Celebrate with Merola as we prepare to make history with our first specially-commissioned opera! It’s an evening with something for everyone, from cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to our popular silent auction to an elegant formal dinner and exciting live auction, followed by a concert from the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows and a special performance by composer Jake Heggie. If you don’t want the magic to end there, join us for a DJ after-party and dancing. Black-tie attire is preferred; a wonderful time is guaranteed.
For tickets and information CLICK HERE or go to merola.org/gala2019.

Schwabacher Recital Series

The Schwabacher Recital Series is at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in the War Memorial Veterans Building located at 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at sfopera.com/SRS.

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Martin Katz, Piano featuring 2019 Adler Fellows
Mary Evelyn Hangley (Merola 2016), Soprano
Ashley Dixon (Merola 2015/2017), Mezzo-soprano
Zhengyi Bai (Merola 2018), Tenor
Christian Pursell (Merola 2017), Bass-baritone
For tickets and information CLICK HERE
Program:
Hugo Wolf / Selections from Mörike Lieder
Samuel Barber / Hermit Songs
Johannes Brahms / Selections from Deutsche Volkslieder

Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival

Tickets to the Schwabacher Summer Concert, world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Merola Grand Finale are on sale through the SF Opera Box Office located at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, by phone at (415) 864-3330 or at sfopera.com/buy-tickets

Schwabacher Summer Concert

Star-crossed lovers, brothers separated at birth, a deal with the devil, a comic marriage, and a jaded courtesan longing for true love. Some of the most exciting moments in opera come to life as Merola’s young artists perform staged scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, Il trovatore, Faust, Die schweigsame Frau, and La rondine. Performances in French, German, and Italian (with supertitles).

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 13, 2:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street, San Francisco
Craig Kier, Conductor
Jose Maria Condemi, Director
Buy tickets here: $55/$35

If I Were You - World Premiere

An opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer
Loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 3, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 4, 2:00 pm
Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Herbst Theatre - 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Keturah Stickann, Director
Buy tickets here: $80/$55/$35

Merola Grand Finale and Reception*

29 young artists of the 2019 Merola Opera Program, who will showcase a dazzling array of opera’s most exciting arias and ensembles. Conducted by Maestro George Manahan, and directed by 2019 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Greg Eldridge, this evening showcases the hard work and extraordinary talent of the Merolini.

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 pm
War Memorial Opera House - 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
George Manahan, Conductor
Greg Eldridge, Director
Buy tickets here: $50/$40/$25
*Reception tickets are an additional $75 each and can be purchased here.