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

This summer, approximately 25 singers, 5 apprentice coaches and 1 apprentice stage director were selected from over one thousand, three hundred 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 this Summer


Years of Opera Training

Schwabacher Summer Concert

Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 16, at 3:00 pm

Jorge Parodi, Conductor
Jose Maria Condemi ('99/'00), Director

The young artists of the 2022 Merola Opera Program perform an inspirational program of staged scenes from seminal works by Latin American and Spanish composers, including Manuel de Falla, Daniél Catán, and others.

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Thursday, August 4, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, August 6, at 3:00 pm

Kelly Kuo, Conductor
Gina Lapinski, Director

Armed with a magic flute, a prince and his bird-catcher friend set off on a quest to rescue a beautiful princess. But when they encounter a fearsome dragon, the imposing Queen of the Night, and a mysterious council, they quickly realize things are not always what they seem.
Due to changes in the website at San Francisco Opera, online sales are not possible until after August 8.
Please call 415-864-3330 to purchase tickets, or stop by the box office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.
The box office is open Mon 10am-5pm and Tue-Fri 10am-6pm. Phone sales only on Saturdays.
Merola Grand Finale

Merola Grand Finale & Reception

Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 pm
Reception - August 20 at 10:00 pm

Patrick Furrer, Conductor
Matthew J. Schulz, Director

A triumphant end to a transformative season, the Merola Grand Finale features all young artists of the summer program in a dazzling array of opera’s most brilliant works.
Join the Merola artists in the stunning new Barbro Osher Recital Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center. Space is limited so buy tickets early.

Latest News

Meet the 2022 Merola Artists

Merola Opera Program is back! Say hello and welcome to the 2022 Merola Artists. See these singers, pianist/coaches, and stage director perform throughout the 2022 Summer Festival.

The summer festival kicks off at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with A Celebration of American Song (July 9), a program highlighting the Great American Songbook, and the Schwabacher Summer Concert (July 14 & 16), which spotlights Latin American and Spanish composers. Mozart's final masterpiece Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), at the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, will be performed by Merola artists for the first time since 1998, on August 4 & 6. We wrap up the summer with the celebratory Merola Grand Finale which returns to the War Memorial Opera House stage August 20. Tickets available now! For full details and tickets visit: merola.org/calendar
Leah Crocetto pictured

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Scene from Don Giovanni

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