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2018


July


Il re pastore

Which is stronger, love or power? To reclaim his lost throne, a young shepherd must renounce his true love. Mozart explores the competing pulls of love and duty in this exquisite early work. A youthful Merola cast will bring to life this opera’s dazzling melodies and high spirits.

Conductor: Stephen Stubbs
Director: Tara Faircloth (Merola '06)

Thursday, July 19, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 21, 2:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - $80/$55
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Visit the SF Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, call (415) 864-3330, or click HERE to buy tickets!
Run time: approximately two hours and ten minutes with one intermission.

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August


The Rake's Progress

Love and innocence give way to power and madness when Tom Rakewell makes a devil’s bargain with Nick Shadow. Tom leaves his simple life in the country and his fiancée Anne Trulove for the temptations of London, but finds he has lost more than he has won. Stravinsky’s intricate score and W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman’s brilliant libretto build on 18th century inspirations in a way that is both true to the past and daringly modern.

Conductor: Mark Morash (Merola '87)
Director: Robin Guarino

Thursday, August 2, 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 4, 2:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - $80/$55
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Visit the SF Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, call (415) 864-3330, or click HERE to buy tickets!
Run time: approximately two hours and forty-five minutes with one intermission.

Schwabacher Recital Series Auditions

Go behind the rehearsal studio door and hear current Merola artists audition for San Francisco Opera Center’s and Merola’s renowned Schwabacher Recital series.

Friday, August 3, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Silver Circle Members and above.

Dean Williamson Master Class

Dean Williamson is widely known throughout the United States for his perceptive and commanding conducting. His ambitious and versatile career in standard and contemporary repertoire has earned the conductor worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post says, “a brilliantly directed, beautifully sung and endlessly funny Barber of Seville…the orchestra, which played the sparkling overture and the vivid storm music with grace and color under the expert baton of Dean Williamson.” The Seattle Times says, “Williamson keeps a sure, steady hand on the singers and the orchestra…realizing the shimmering and otherworldly textures of the score.”

Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Benefactor Level and above.

Merola Grand Finale & Reception*

A triumphant end to a magical season, the Merola Grand Finale features our 29 young artists in a dazzling array of opera’s most exciting arias and ensembles. Conducted by Maestro Dean Williamson and directed by 2018 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Marcus Shields, this evening showcases the hard work and burgeoning talent of our Merolini. Following the performance, join the Merola artists in celebration in the Veterans Building Green Room. (Separate tickets required for reception.)

Conductor: Dean Williamson
Director: Marcus Shields (Merola '18)

Saturday, August 18, 7:30 pm
War Memorial Opera House - $50/$40/$25
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Reception tickets* - $75
Visit the SF Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, call (415) 864-3330, or click HERE to buy tickets!


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