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    Tickets for 2022 Merola Summer Festival performances are on sale now!

    All patrons 12 and older, who are eligible*, must show proof of a booster shot received at least 7 days prior to the event or performance, in addition to proof of full vaccination (defined as two weeks after your final shot). In addition, we will require all children ages 5 to 11 to show proof of full vaccination. If bringing a child under the age of 5, please call the Box Office to purchase tickets.

    *eligibility is defined strictly by the number of calendar days past completion of an initial vaccination series. Doctor recommendation, recent COVID illness, averse vaccine reaction, medical condition, etc., do not determine eligibility.

    All patrons must wear an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask that covers their nose, mouth, and chin when inside the facility unless they are actively eating or drinking. Audience members who fail to follow the Front of House safety protocols will be promptly removed from the performance venue.

     

    Interested in coming to the Merola member events? Become a Merola member today to have the exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes and get to know the young artists.

     


     

    Schwabacher Summer Concert


    Sponsored by First Republic Bank

    Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 pm
    Saturday, July 16, at 3:00 pm
     
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall • 50 Oak Street
    Tickets: $80/$55

     
    Jorge Parodi, Conductor
    Jose Maria Condemi, 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's La vida breve, Daniél Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas, Amadeo Vives's Doña Francisquita, and Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
     

    This concert is named in memory of Merola’s late Chairman, James Schwabacher, and is generously underwritten, in part, by The Grace A. Diem and Alice E. Siemons Foundation, The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

    The Schwabacher Summer Concert is dedicated to the memory of J. Gerard Gagnon for his generous Legacy gift to the Merola endowment fund.

    Jorge Parodi is sponsored, in part, by the James Heavy Fund.

    Jose Maria Condemi is sponsored, in part, by Bob & Terri Ryan.

     


    Schwabacher Recital Series Recital #4


    Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 pm
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall • 50 Oak Street
     
    Sidney Outlaw ('10), baritone
    Warren Jones, piano

     

    The final Schwabacher recital shines a spotlight on the artistry of baritone Sidney Outlaw and acclaimed pianist Warren Jones. The program will focus on their latest collaboration, a new album that pays homage to 20th-century American song entitled Lament, featuring works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Robert Owens, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Harry T. Burleigh and the words of Langston Hughes.
     

    Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)


    Thursday, August 4, at 7:30 pm
    Saturday, August 6, at 3:00 pm
     
    Blue Shield of California Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts • 700 Howard Street
    Tickets: $80/$55*

    *An additional $1 per ticket facility fee applies.
     

    Kelly Kuo, Conductor
    Gina Lapinski, Director
     
    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.
    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. Mozart’s enchanting Die Zauberflöte is a delight for all ages. Performed in German with dialogue in English, and English supertitles.
     

    This opera is generously underwritten, in part, by The Grace A. Diem and Alice E. Siemons Foundation, The Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

    Kelly Kuo is sponsored, in part, by the Gerard Gagnon Endowment Fund.

    Gina Lapinski is sponsored, in part, by Bernice Lindstrom.


     


    Merola Grand Finale


    Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 pm
    War Memorial Opera House
    Tickets: $50/$40/$25

     
    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. Conducted by Maestro Patrick Furrer and directed by 2022 Merola Stage Director Matthew J. Schulz, this evening showcases the extraordinary talent of the 2022 Merolini.
     

    Graciously underwritten, in part, by a generous Legacy gift from Philip L. Eaton and The Blanche Thebom Trust.

    Patrick Furrer is sponsored, in part, by Darla & Richard Bastoni.

     


    Merola Grand Finale Reception


    Saturday, August 20, Post-Performance
    Barbro Osher Recital Hall, Bowes Center • 200 Van Ness Avenue
    Tickets: $75 Per Person

     
    Join the Merola artists for wine and an array of desserts and savory treats as we toast this year’s program at an elegant reception in the stunning new Barbro Osher Recital Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Bowes Center. Space is limited, so make your reservations early.
     

    Post-concert reception sponsored in part by Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson, and Culinary Excellence.
     


  • 2022

    (Dates, times, and venues are subject to change. Please refer back to this page for the most up-to-date information.)

    All patrons 12 and older, who are eligible*, must show proof of a booster shot received at least 7 days prior to the event or performance, in addition to proof of full vaccination (defined as two weeks after your final shot). In addition, we will require all children ages 5 to 11 to show proof of full vaccination. If bringing a child under the age of 5, please call the Box Office to purchase tickets.

    *eligibility is defined strictly by the number of calendar days past completion of an initial vaccination series. Doctor recommendation, recent COVID illness, averse vaccine reaction, medical condition, etc., do not determine eligibility.

    All patrons must wear an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask that covers their nose, mouth, and chin when inside the facility unless they are actively eating or drinking. Audience members who fail to follow the Front of House safety protocols will be promptly removed from the performance venue.

     

    Interested in coming to these events? Become a Merola member today to have the exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes and get to know the young artists.

     


     

    Martin Katz Master Class


    Wednesday, July 13, at 7:00 pm
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall • 50 Oak Street
    Benefactor Level and above
     
    Martin Katz has been dubbed “the gold standard of accompanists” by The New York Times. Justifiably so, for his fifty-year career has taken him to five continents, collaborating with the world’s most celebrated singers. He has regularly shared the stage with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Karita Mattila, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lawrence Brownlee, and Piotr Beczala, to name but a few. Mr. Katz is also active as a conductor and editor. He has led opera productions for the Merola Opera Program and the BBC, as well as innumerable performances at the University of Michigan, where he has been a Distinguished Professor for more than 30 years. His editions of baroque and bel canto operas have been performed in Houston, Ottawa, and at the Metropolitan Opera. At the University of Michigan, he has chaired the program in collaborative piano and coached vocal repertoire and chamber music for singers, pianists, and instrumentalists alike. Mr. Katz is an author as well. His first opus, The Complete Collaborator, published by Oxford University Press, is widely considered a seminal work on the subject.


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    Warren Jones Master Class


    Wednesday, July 20, at 7:00 pm
    Barbro Osher Recital Hall, Bowes Center • 200 Van Ness Avenue
    Silver Circle and above
     
    Always a Merola audience favorite, Mr. Jones has been a frequent guest artist at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers Series,” as well as the Salzburg, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Caramoor festivals, in addition to touring as a recitalist throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. He has been invited multiple times to perform at the White House. Mr. Jones has conducted two Merola productions, leading Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz by Mascagni and Don Pasquale. For 10 years he was Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera. He is a former faculty member at Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and has been Artist-in-Residence at Rutgers University, as well as Guest Artist in Opera at New England Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts—and continues to enjoy a vigorous teaching schedule throughout the United States.


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    Michèle Crider Master Class


    Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 pm
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall • 50 Oak Street
    Bronze Circle and above
     
    Michèle Crider is one of the preeminent dramatic sopranos of her generation. She has made her mark on both operatic and concert stages in a remarkably wide repertoire. Miss Crider performs regularly in the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Convent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Staatsoper Berlin, the State Opera Houses in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Arena di Verona, Rome, Opéra de Paris Bastille, Zurich, the Liceu in Barcelona and Teatro Real in Madrid. Also enjoying a successful concert career, Miss Crider appears regularly at the Salzburg Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orange, Ravenna, and Edinburgh Festivals, at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Savonlinna Festival, the Salle Pleyel, and Barbican Hall in London with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne.


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    Schwabacher Recital Series Auditions


    Saturday, August 13, at 2:00 PM
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall • 50 Oak Street
    Bronze Circle and above
     
    Go behind the rehearsal studio door and hear current Merola artists audition for Merola's and San Francisco Opera Center's renowned Schwabacher Recital Series.


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