Welcome to the


Merola Opera Program


Est. 1957

Sparking the Future
of Opera

“Until the Merola Program got going, there was no place in this country where you could learn your craft in terms of performing.”


–Beverly Sills,
Voices Heard Round the World

Welcome to the online home of the Merola Opera Program! I invite you to explore the sixty-plus years of Merola’s history defining the future of opera. We are unique among opera programs in that our primary focus is on training and developing the finest young opera singers, coaches, and stage directors from around the world. Our professional level opera productions and concerts are all a part of the world-class training process. Whether you are an artist seeking to apply to the program or an opera lover looking to go behind-the-scenes and join our vibrant community of supporters, you will find a wealth of resources here.
Hope to see you at Merola!
Jean Kellogg
Executive Director of the Merola Opera Program

Merola by the numbers

Each summer, approximately 23 singers, 5 apprentice coaches and 1 apprentice stage director are selected from nearly one thousand international applicants to participate in the Merola Opera Program. During their 12 weeks at Merola, these talented young artists receive life-changing instruction from a faculty of opera masters and hone their talents in professional quality productions – all entirely free of charge.


International Applicants


Auditions each Year


Artists each Summer


Years of Opera Training


"Cita" by Carlos Guastavino

For our next #MeroliniMixer​, Ashley Dixon ('15/'17) and Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad ('18) share this wonderful performance of "Cita" by Carlos Guastavino. They were originally slated to perform this piece last April as part of the Schwabacher Recital Series, but unfortunately the performance was cancelled due to COVID-19 You can see Ashley at Un Gala In Maschera, Saturday, April 10, 5pm PDT for Merola's first virtual benefit in honor of Sheri Greenawald. Tickets and details at merola.org/gala2021.

The #MeroliniMixer was created by Merola alumni to produce and share performances as a thank you to the Merola Artists Emergency Fund which was established to offer financial assistance and help these wonderful artists continue to make music during the COVID-19 crisis.

Merola Artists Emergency Fund

Help recent Merola Artists continue to make music during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Latest News

Merolini Spotlight: Ronny Michael Greenberg (Merola '14)

For our March 2021 Merolini Spotlight we feature Pianist, Opera Coach, and Producer, Ronny Michael Greenberg (Merola '14). Greenberg is a leading innovator in the world of performing arts. In this spotlight, we hear what sparked his interest in opera, what drew him to the piano, how he partnered with fellow Merola alum Christian Pursell in creating a production company, what he can't make it through the day without, and what we can expect at Un Gala In Maschera - Merola's virtual benefit in honor of Sheri Greenawald.
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