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2018


June


Click to view the Merola Opera Program 2018 Summer Festival brochure


Meet and Mingle with the Merolini

This is your first chance to meet and mingle with the 2018 Merola artists and get up close and personal. In lieu of our traditional interviews, the artists will travel from table to table to chat with a small group of you, where you’ll learn some interesting facts and tidbits about them. A reception with the young artists will follow.

Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm
Veterans Building Green Room
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Benefactor Level and above. Tickets are $50.

Bring a Friend Master Class with Alan Darling

Introduce your friends to the magic of Merola! Members are welcome to bring two friends to this special master class.
Mr. Darling was educated at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the University of Michigan. He studied art song repertoire with renowned accompanists Christoph Eschenbach, Martin Isepp, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Malcolm Martineau. Mr. Darling also studied vocal repertoire with many of the world’s great singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling, Victoria de los Angeles, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig, Hermann Prey, and Renata Scotto. He is dedicated to the education of young singers and was on the faculty of Yale University from 1994 to 1998. He is currently on the music staff of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

Thursday, June 14, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
All Membership Levels welcome with advance RSVP.

Warren Jones Master Class

Always a Merola audience favorite, Mr. Jones has often been a guest artist at Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers Series,” and Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Caramoor festivals, in addition to touring as a recitalist throughout Europe and Asia. He has been invited multiple times to perform at the White House, and he participates regularly in the Marilyn Horne Foundation annual gala at Carnegie Hall. For 10 years he was Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera.

Monday, June 18, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Open to all Merola Members. Tickets are $50 and include a reception with Mr. Jones and the Merolini following the master class.

Merola Auditions for the General Director

Join Matthew Shilvock, General Director of San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Opera artistic staff as they hear the 2018 Merola artists perform for the first time on the main stage of the War Memorial Opera House.
Gold Circle Members and above are eligible for two box seats, as availability allows.
No late seating. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Saturday, June 23, 6:30 pm
War Memorial Opera House
Enter at the North Carriage Entrance
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Founder Level and above

Martin Katz Master Class

Martin Katz has been dubbed “the gold standard of accompanists” by The New York Times. His 40-year career has taken him to five continents, collaborating with the world’s most celebrated singers in recital and recording. Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, Karita Mattila, Lawrence Brownlee, and José Carreras are among his regular partners, and he has recorded for RCA, CBS, BMG, EMI, and Decca labels. Mr. Katz is also active as a conductor and editor. He has led opera productions for the Merola Opera Program, the BBC, and Tokyo’s NHK, as well as innumerable performances in Ann Arbor. His editions of baroque and bel canto operas have been performed in Houston, Ottawa, and at the Metropolitan Opera. At University of Michigan for more than three decades, he has chaired the program in collaborative piano and coached vocal repertoire. Mr. Katz is the author of a comprehensive guide to accompanying, The Complete Collaborator, published by Oxford University Press.

Thursday, June 28, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Founder Level and above.

Sponsors Reception
Following the Martin Katz master class, there will be a reception held exclusively for Sponsors of this summer’s young artists and faculty. This is the Sponsors’ chance to connect with the Merola artists whom they have generously supported this year. Sponsors will be sent an invitation by mail.

Thursday, June 28, following the Martin Katz Master Class
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Osher Salon
Open to 2018 Sponsors at $1,850 and above

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July


Schwabacher Summer Concert

Some of opera’s greatest moments come to life as Merola’s young artists perform staged scenes from Vanessa, Il tabarro, Don Giovanni, and Les pêcheurs de perles, accompanied by full orchestra. Performed in English, Italian, and French with supertitles.

Conductor: Kathleen Kelly (Merola '91 & '92)
Director: Aria Umezawa (Merola '16)

Thursday, July 5, 7:30 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - $55/$35
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Tickets on sale to members starting April 2!
Visit the SF Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, call (415) 864-3330, or click HERE to buy tickets!

Saturday, July 7, 7:30 pm
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University - $50/$40/$30
327 Lasuen Street
Stanford, CA
Tickets on sale through Stanford Live starting May 24! Click HERE to buy tickets!

Day at Merola

Here’s your chance to be an honorary Merolini for the day! Go behind the scenes and witness the many facets of the Merola Opera Program, including production staging, vocal coaching sessions, and much more. Master classes will feature Steven Blier and Robin Guarino, among others. Come for all or part of the day. For $30 per person, you can join the Merolini for a box lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Davies Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall.

Tuesday, July 10, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall
Benefactor Level and above.

Steven Blier Master Class

Steven Blier is the co-founder and artistic director of New York Festival of Song and has served as programmer/translator/pianist/arranger of more than 130 of its programs. He has been a recital accompanist for many noteworthy singers including Cecilia Bartoli, Jessye Norman, Wolfgang Holzmair, Renée Fleming, Susanne Mentzer, June Anderson, Arleen Auger, Roberta Peters, and Kurt Ollmann, among others.
Blier has recorded on the Koch, New World, Nonesuch, Albany, RCA, and MusicMasters labels and won a Grammy Award in 1990 and was nominated for Grammy Awards in 1999 and 1989. His recorded repertoire includes works by Ives, Gershwin, Weill, Blitzstein, Busoni, Granados, Wolf, Kern, and Rorem (Evidence of Things Not Seen, premiere). He has given master classes around the United States in song repertoire and has been a featured writer for Opera News magazine since 1996.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Bronze Circle Level and above.

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
Tickets on sale to members starting April 2!
Visit the SF Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, call (415) 864-3330, or click HERE to buy tickets!

Interested in attending these events? Become a Merola member now.

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
Tickets on sale to members starting April 2!
Visit the SF Opera Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, call (415) 864-3330, or click HERE to buy tickets!

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
Tickets on sale to members starting April 2!
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!


Interested in attending these events? Become a Merola member now.