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
Karen Slack (Merola '02)

Of Thee I Sing! Songs of Love and Justice

Catch American soprano Karen Slack (Merola '02) on Sunday, February 7, 2021 as part of the Merola Virtual Recital Series.

Tickets are on sale now.

Un Gala in Maschera

Un Gala in Maschera

Join us for a Virtual Spring Benefit Gala in honor of Sheri Greenawald on Saturday, April 10 at 5 pm.

Latest News

From Mozart to the Surreal
2021 Season Preview

Watch a special behind-the-scenes preview of Merola’s 2021 summer productions, Mozart’s sublime classic Le nozze di Figaro and Dominick Argento’s surreal 20th-century gem Postcard from Morocco, with San Francisco Opera Center Director and Merola Artistic Director Sheri Greenawald and Dramaturg Emeritus of San Francisco Opera Kip Cranna. This virtual event was originally broadcast on Zoom on October 14, 2020.

Merola Artists Emergency Fund

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

Leah Crocetto pictured

Support the Stars of Tomorrow

Join a vibrant community of opera lovers devoted to nurturing tomorrow's finest operatic talent.

Scene from Don Giovanni

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