Merola Opera Program announces Annual Benefit Gala Un Gala in Maschera in honor of retired Merola Artistic Director Sheri Greenawald

Un Gala in Maschera - in honor of Sheri Greenawald

Opera lovers everywhere are invited to join the acclaimed Merola Opera Program for its first-ever virtual benefit gala, Un Gala in Maschera. This musical evening honors Merola Artistic Director Sheri Greenawald (2002-2020), celebrating her nearly two decades as Director of the San Francisco Opera Center and Artistic Director of the Merola Opera Program. The evening will feature a festive concert showcasing illustrious Merola alumni including sopranos Leah Crocetto (Merola ’08) and Amber R. Monroe (Merola ’19), mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon (Merola ‘15/’17), baritones Joo Won Kang (Merola ’11) and Efraín Solís (Merola ’13), bass-baritone Christian Pursell (Merola ’17), and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg (Merola ’14).

In recognition of the impact Sheri Greenawald has had on generations of young artists, Un Gala in Maschera will benefit two of her passions: the Sheri Greenawald Endowment Fund, which creates a permanent legacy that will provide support for Merola’s distinguished faculty in perpetuity; and the Sheri Greenawald Artists Support Fund, which will directly support living stipends for the young artists in the 2021 Merola summer training program.

Un Gala in Maschera will be presented 5:00pm (PDT), Saturday, April 10, 2021. For more information and to purchase tickets ($25-$125 per household) please visit