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Artists in Training

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the 2020 Merola summer program has been canceled. Merola plans to open for a new summer festival June 2021. The Program offers a unique combination of training and performance opportunities for young professional singers, coaches, and stage directors. The summer includes fully staged operas with orchestra, a scenes concert, and the Merola Grand Finale concert, which concludes the summer. These experiences in front of a live audience put into practice the depth and richness of the lessons learned over the program. Merola participants receive matchless advanced training in musical style and interpretation, role preparation, movement and acting, accompaniment and conducting, languages and diction, breath work, professional development. The Adler Fellowship Program is a residency offered to select singers and coaches who have completed the Merola Opera Program.

 


Merola Opera Program Annual National Auditions

The Merola Opera Program is a young artist training program with a focus on performance and career development opportunities for young professional singers, coaches, and stage directors.
The Adler Fellowship Program is a residency offered to select singers and coaches who have completed the Merola Opera Program.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent cancellation of the Merola 2020 summer program, auditions for Merola 2021 will be limited in scope compared to previous years. All 2020 Merola participants have been re-invited to the 2021 program. San Francisco Opera Center will be accepting applications from interested singers and pianists to be considered for any replacement positions that may become available. It is possible that very limited participant positions will be created expressly for Merola 2021. Singers of all voice types will be considered with preference given to singers appropriate to Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” and Argento’s “Postcard from Morocco”. Singers and pianists should go to yaptracker.com for application instructions which will be posted after September 15, 2020 with submissions closing November 15, 2020. Please note that the application this year will include video submissions. If positions become available and if California Coronavirus protocols permit, singers and pianists under consideration could be invited to San Francisco for an in-person audition. Singers and pianists should only apply this year if they believe their requisite training aligns with the caliber of recent Merola participants (see 2020 bios here). Auditions will return to their usual format for summer of 2022.
The summer festival includes two fully staged operas in a professional theatre and staged scenes with orchestra (known as the Schwabacher Summer Concert) where the repertoire is chosen to showcase Merola artists, and all voice types are considered. The summer concludes with a concert with all artists performing with orchestra on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. It is a well-known, well attended San Francisco summer event known as the, Merola Grand Finale!
Every singer will be cast in one of the operas or the Schwabacher Summer Concert, and the Merola Grand Finale.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Applications are submitted through YAP Tracker, a web-based online audition manager. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to apply. When applications have gone live after September 15, 2020 this year, you can then review the appropriate YAP Tracker listing: Singer, Coach, Director. Considering the truncated application and audition process this year application fees (typically $35) are waived. Merolini chosen for the summer program receive a small weekly stipend, and housing. For the following five years after their engagement with the Program, Merolini are eligible to apply for Merola Career Grants to offset expenses associated with launching a career.
Questions about the YAP Tracker application process? Please email help@yaptracker.com.
Questions about the Merola Opera Program National Auditions? Please email auditions@merola.org or call (415) 936-2320.

For more information on Applying to the Merola Opera Program, contact:

auditions@merola.org