Welcome to the

 

Merola Opera Program

 

Est. 1957

Merola Grand Finale

War Memorial Opera House, 7:30 PM August 17, 2019

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
 

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The Making of If I Were You

Watch the world premiere of If I Were You being created. Hear from composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, director Keturah Stickann and her design team about how they see this new opera coming together and what you'll see on stage. Performances are August 1 - 6, 2019 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

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.

1,000

International Applicants

650

Auditions each Year

29

Artists each Summer

61

Years of Training
Leah Crocetto pictured

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