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

An Afternoon of Piano with Tamara Sanikidze and Edoardo Barsotti

Enjoy an afternoon of piano with Tamara Sanikidze ('09) and Edoardo Barsotti ('14/'15) on Sunday, November 22.

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Leah Crocetto pictured

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

Scene from Don Giovanni

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"Libiamo" from Verdi's La traviata

As a message of thanks for the Merola Artists Emergency Fund and all that Merola does for young artists, some alumni created the Merolini Mixer. Here's what they had to say:

"The Merola Opera Program has changed many artists' lives in more ways than we can count, and we as Merolini want to give back. The hope behind Merolini Mixer is two-fold: to continue to practice the craft we so dearly love and to express our sincere gratitude for the Merola Artists Emergency Fund - which has allowed so many of us artists to find a source of stability in these otherwise uncertain times."
Carrie-Ann Matheson appointed Artistic Director and Markus Beam appointed General Manager of San Francisco Opera Center

San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Artistic Leadership Announced

Carrie-Ann Matheson appointed Artistic Director and Markus Beam (Merola '02) appointed General Manager of San Francisco Opera Center

Merola Artists Emergency Fund

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

Master Chats with Luminaries

Master Chat Series

Watch Merola's 2020 Master Chat series hosted by Sheri Greenawald. Hear from opera and performing arts luminaries Susan Graham ('87), Francesca Zambello, David Garrison, Eun Sun Kim, and Gregory Henkel on YouTube here