Merola Donors

List of Donors

The Merola Opera Program is dedicated to the continuing education and training of the finest young operatic talent and the development of this talent into professional opera singers, coaches and stage directors of the highest artistic caliber. Merola operates in close artistic collaboration with San Francisco Opera but is an independent nonprofit organization. Governed by a separate board of directors, Merola is responsible for its own long-term financial stability and fundraising, and is grateful to the hundreds of loyal members, donors and foundations who support the Program.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all donors and acknowledge the following individuals, foundations and corporations for their generous gifts made between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018 in support of the Merola Opera Program. For more information about supporting the Merola Opera Program, please contact (415) 936-2324 or e-mail






Donation Amount: $50,000+



Bettye Poetz Ferguson Foundation
Al Garren Fund
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Hearst Foundation

Donation Amount: $25,000-$49,999



National Endowment for the Arts


The Yvonne and Edgar Baker Fund
Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation
Steve and Diane Heiman, the UIulani Foundation


Nordin and Donna Blacker
George and Susan Crow
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mary and Craig Henderson

Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Bernice Lindstrom
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
Leslys Vedder, in memory of James Forrest Vedder

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Donation Amount: $15,000 - $24,999



The Bernard Osher Foundation


Dandelion Chocolate



Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark
Mrs. Annina R. Demmon
John and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Mr. John Lee

Scott and Susan Lord
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Bruce and Fran Walker

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Donation Amount: $10,000 - $14,999




The Henry W. and Nettie Robinson Foundation
The Bob Ross Foundation

Sack Family Fund



Norby Anderson
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Dr. James Cross and Mr. Charles Antonen
Ms. Harriet Heyman and Mr. Michael Moritz
Mr. David Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Barbara K. Jackson

Mr. Michael H. Kalkstein and Ms. Susan English
James A. Noe III
Mrs. Alfred Wilsey
Susan York

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Donation Amount: $5,000 - $9,999




Five Arts Foundation



Darla and Richard Bastoni
Dr. Phyllis B. Blair
Carlyn Clause and Alexander L. Brainerd
Drs. John and Lois Crowe
Tim Dattels and Kristine Johnson
Mary and Tom Foote
Ms. Pamela George
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Mrs. Dana T. Horner
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Norman T. Larson
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Ellen and Paul McKaskle
Mr. Robert B. Mison

Maura Markus
Mr. Milton Mosk
Mr. Paul D. Nordine
Drs. Richard and Pamela Rigg
Mrs. Barbara J. Ross
Bob and Terri Ryan
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Jack and Betty Schafer
Mrs. Hanne Schultz
Ms. Jean Shuler
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Mrs. Patricia Weeden
Mrs. Carol A. Weitz
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Diana C. Yee
Mrs. John A. Zderic

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Donation Amount: $2,500 to $4,999




Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club
San Francisco Opera Guild
    East Bay Chapter

San Francisco Opera Guild
   Peninsula Chapter
San Jose Opera Guild
William Karl Schwarze Trust
Sequoia Trust



Elemental Wellness/Milo Group of California

Meyer Sound



James Scott Bays
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bean
Adam Arthur Bier and Rachel Bier Lem Ms. Langley Brandt
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin C. Britton
Maureen Clarke
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cluff
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Paul Connolly and Mr. Charles Ballard
Mr. Hugh J. Coughlin
Mrs. Antonia Cross
Mrs. Mary A. Culp
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Dean
Peggy and Reid Dennis
Mr. Robert A. Ellis
Mr. Thomas Foutch
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Michael A. Harrison and Susan Graham Harrison
Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hetzel
Ms. Susan Hone
Greer and Thayer Hopkins
H. Nona Hungate
Mr. Robert Jacoby
Ms. Nelda Kilguss
William W. Kwan, MD
Nafiseh and Karl Lindberg
Ms. Sylvia R. Lindsey
Myron Marx and Cora Yang
Mr. Donald L. McGee
James R. Meehan
Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Michener

David Miller
D.G. Mitchell
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Camille Morishige
Alice Ames Morison and Dr. Oakley Hewitt
Anne L. Morton
David and Marilyn Nasatir
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. and Mrs. John Renard
Robbins/Cullen Family
Miss Dorothy Schimke
Mr. Steven Shladover
Ms. Blanche Germain Streeter
Dr. and Mrs. W. Conrad Sweeting
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Ruth and Ross Uchimura
Doug Von Qualen
Olivia Ware
Mrs. Anita Weissberg
Ms. Faye Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee Zeigler
Mr. Dennis Zhang
Stephen and Connie Zilles

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Donation Amount: $1,000 to $2,499




Joyce and William Brantman Foundation
Opera Standees Association, in memory of Freida Batten
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Karl and Alice Ruppenthal Foundation for the Arts
San Francisco Opera Guild Marin Chapter



Ms. Cathi Ahearn
Mr. Clyde Allen
Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson
Nina K. Auerbach, MD
Mary Sherrill Baxter
Dr. and Mrs. Phillip H. Beck
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bialek
Ms. Joni Binder and Mr. Robert Shwarts
Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri
Mrs. Peter H. Black
Ms. Lucia Bogatay
Ms. Brooke Bourland
Mrs. Helen Breck
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cabak
Ms. Annette Campbell-White and Dr. Ruediger Naumann-Etienne
Mr. Martin S. Checov and Mr. Timothy J. Bause
Ms. Sandra Church
Mr. Robert Crow
Mrs. Denise Cutler
Keith Doerge
Mrs. Cameron Dorsey
Ms. Pamela Duffy
Mr. Adrian Fedorovici
Mr. Peter Felleman
Ms. Judith Frankel
Barbara B. Friede
Dr. Gwen Fyfe
Marcia and Geoffrey Green
Ronny Michael Greenberg
Mr. and Mrs. David Hartley
Mr. Fred Hartwick
Mr. and Mrs. Claude M. Hess
Wilma Horwitz
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Ms. Arlene Inch
Ms. Andrea G. Julian

Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Ms. Jean Kellogg and Mr. Henry Tang
Mr. Sven Kjaesgaard
Dr. Marion R. Kramer
Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Ms. Shirley Kwok
Dr. and Mrs. John Lavorgna
Ms. Mai Le and Mr. Daniel Joensen
Mr. Roy Levin and Ms. Jan Thomson
L. Bing Liem
Mrs. Nancy Donnell Lilly
Mr. William Lokke
Eve and Niall Lynch
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Mr. and Mrs. J. Patterson McBaine
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McHugh
Mrs. Anne G. McWilliams
Ms. Annie Nunan
Dr. and Mrs. Hans Orup
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Petterson
Suzanna G. Pollak
Ms. Susan K. Prather
Mr. and Mrs. David Rinaldo
Ms. Jo-Ann Rose
Ms. Kathleen Rydar
Mr. Paul Sack
Dr. and Mrs. Jon F. Sigurdson
J. H. Silveira, M.D.
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Mr. and Mrs. Michael St. Peter
Mrs. Mary K. Swalen
Julie Thompson
Ms. Maggie Thompson
Ms. Kimberly Twesme
Ms. Susan Walker
Kirby Wilcox
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Mr. Christopher E. Wiseman and Mr. Eric W. Sleigh
Ms. Shirley Woo and Mr. David Rosenfeld
Mr. Donald R. Worn Anonymous

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Donation Amount: $600 to $999




Norman Abramson and David Beery
Dr. Vincanne Adams
Ms. Karin Albright
Ms. Dolores M. Allen
Ms. Yoshika Asada
Miss Carol Benz
Davidson Bidwell-Waite and Edwin A. Waite
Paul and Kathy Bissinger
Mr. Donald Buhman and Mr. Wray Humphrey
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Clement
Dr. and Mrs. William R. Crain
Ms. Ashley Crawford
Ms. Jeanne Dorward
Mrs. Linda Dunn
Ms. Cheryl Fippen
Denise A. Freinkel
Mr. and Mrs. A. Gherardi
Ms. Tracy Grant and Ms. Melanie Grant
Ms. Theresa Hallinan
Ms. Eiko Kikawada

Karen J. Kubin
Marcia Lazer
Mr. Jeffrey Leiter
Ms. Myra K. Levenson
Angela C. Little
Mr. Alan Lofaso
Ms. Marian Marsh
Ms. Erika Nelson and Mr. Guy Cross
Mr. Duane Phillips
Dr. Andrew Rombakis
Ms. Freda Scott and Mr. Jason Danielson
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sonnenblick
Hilary Power Steinberg
Ms. Anne Zucchi

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Donation Amount: $300 to $599




The Kenyon-Lipsky Charitable Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation



Sophie Aldrich
Karen and Lawrence Ames
Mr. David N. Barnard
Amii Barnard-Bahn and Michael Bahn
Ms. Linda Barrett
Mr. Tapan Bhat
Joanne R. Bourland
Mr. Bruce Bowen and Ms. Junona Jonas
Mr. Richard Brashear and Ms. Harriet Ivey
Mrs. Mary Jo Broderick
Karen Broido
Virginia L. Brown
Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Cheitlin
Agnes Chen Brown, in memory of Robert Elliott Brown
Raymond and Minnie Chinn
Mr. C. Paul Christianson
Mr. Robert Cook and Ms. Blanca Haendler
Bob Dallachie
Ms. Carolyn Doelling
Ms. Shannon Eliot
Dr. Ranveig N. Elvebakk and Mr. Thomas Farren
Roberta and Mark Emerson
John P. and Cecelia G. Eurich
Ms. Pamela D. Ferris
Mr. Frederick S. Fields and Ms. Roxanne Holmes
Mrs. John H. Finger
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fleischman
Mr. Jean-Marc Frailong and Mr. Richard Halton
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Frame
Mr. Steven Franceschi
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Mrs. Stanley M. Friedman
Mr. John Garfinkle
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Shari Gropper
Mrs. Shari Gropper
Fred and Peggy Heiman
Rachel and Jerry Heinze
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Houck
Mr. Robert E. Jacobsen and Ms. Nancy Schlegel
Juliana Jensen and Charles L. Coleman III
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kahn
Larry and Jeanne Kelly
Ms. Diana Kissil and Mr. John Cullison
Martin Kooi
Herbert and Barbara Graham Kreissler
Ms. Kathe Lange
Ms. Pamela Lawder

Mr. Hollis Lenderking
Mr. Norman Licht and Helen Ann Licht
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ludgus
Grace Lusk, MD
Ms. Kerry MacLennan
Betty Maddux
Mrs. Emily Marcus
Deborah Marion
Andrew and Anne Maverick
Ms. Catherine Maxey
Patrick McCabe
Chris McCrum
John G. McGehee
John and Lana McIntyre
Jan and Mike Mead
Mr. Albert Medvitz and Ms. Jeanne McCormack
Ms. Ada Mei
Mr. Chris Meza
Mr. Charles Moody
Mr. Peter J. Musto
Ms. Nancy Nee
Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Nute
Ms. Joan O'Leary
Dr. Judy O'Young and Mr. Gregg Hauser
Hiroko Prather
Ms. Merrill Randol
Alan and Nancy Raznick
Ms. Danielle Rebischung
Ms. Nancy Reilly
Mr. Ronald V. Rosequist
Dr. and Mrs. Alan M. Roth
Kenneth Ruta
Mrs. Rolf G. Scherman
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schroeder
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
Mr. Sheldon Sloan
Mr. Alan Smith and Dr. Helen Lew
Mr. David Snow
Ms. Sue Sommer and Mr. Ray White
Mr. Ian E. Stockdale
Ms. Theresa A. Stuart
Mrs. Laurence M. Symmes
Mrs. Violet Taaffe
Mr. Michae Verdone and Ms. Simona Barborikova
Mary and Terry Vogt
Dr. Bradford Wade and Dr. Linda Riebel
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Stanley and Elaine S. Weiss
Dr. Ronald and Emely Weissman
Mr. Sydney Wright
Ms. Kumiko Yoshinari and Mr. Jeff Svoboda
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Zlatchin

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Donation Amount: $100 to $299




Ms. Barbara Adams
Mrs. Charles B. Adelmann
Ms. Joan Adler
Ms. Linda Aldrich
Ms. Joan M. Allen
Amici di Merola
Anne N. Baldwin
Cantor Roslyn Barak
Mr. Marc Barberis
Mrs. Charles Barrett
Mrs. Marie L. Bartree
Mr. and Ms. Kent T. Baum
Paul and Linda Baumann
Mr. Frank S. Bayley III
Martha Nell Beatty
Mrs. Marcia Benjamin
Ms. Nancy Berg Jackson
Ms. Maxine Bernstein
Mr. Stephen Bertram
Ms. Jodie Beyer
Mr. Steven Binder and Ms. Barbara Anscher
Mr. Anthony Bithorn
William Blake
Ms. Linda Blondis
Linda Blum
Ms. Beverly Boas
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Boeckmann
Dr. Victor Bonfilio
Mr. Larry Bonham
Ms. Anne Borgman
Ms. Robin Brasso
Karen Breslin
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Brock
Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Brody
Mrs. Kathleen M. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Alan R. Brudos
Mr. Brent Butler and Mr. Kenji Matsuoka
Mr. Peter T. Cabban and Ms. Margaret T. McCaul
Dr. James Marvin Campbell
Dr. Richard Caplin
Col. and Mrs. Bruce Carswell
Mr. Timothy S. Caton
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Ciabattoni
Reverend David L. Clarke
Mrs. Joseph R. Clyne
Dr. and Mrs. Peter Coffin
Mr. Martin Cohn
Rosalind Colver
Mr. Clifford Colvin
Mr. Michael Condie
Ms. Carol Copperud
Mrs. Louise Costigan-Kerns
Mrs. Beverly Coughlin
Mrs. James E. Court
Patricia Craig
Dr. Kip Cranna and Mr. Bruce Lamott
Mr. Copley E. Crosby and Ms. Marianne A. Welmers
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Mr. Sasan Daneshvar
Ms. Diane Daniels and Mr. Leonard Heil
Mr. Arthur Davidson
Ms. Francine Davis
Mr. Brian Deans
Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. E. Dennis
Carol Dickson
Ms. Rose Dougherty
Mr. and Mrs. Larry R. Drees
Mr. Nicholas Dunckel
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Edelman
Mr. Ed Eng
Mr. and Mrs. George Erdi
Ms. Marilyn Ezzy and Mr. Howard Ashcraft
Ms. Maja N. Fara
Mr. David Farrell
Ms. Ruth Felt
Mr. and Mrs. John Fenster
Ms. Lucille V. Fjoslien
Jon W. and Ellen V. Florey
Mr. Michael Foden
Carol Freidenberg
Mr. Ernest Friedlander
Ms. Bernice Frucht
Ms. Diana Fuery
Dr. Frederick Gabali
Dr. Scott Gale
Ms. Andrea Galvin
Mr. Francis Garcia
Ms. Margaret Garms
Mr. John Gildersleeve
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilmartin
Mr. John Gilmor and Mr. Richard N. Emery
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Giordano
Mr. William W. Godward
Mr. Jonathan Gohstand
Dr. Steven Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Simon Goren
Anne P. Gray
Ms. Ann Gray Miller
Mr. Barry Graynor
Mr. Jesse Grodnik
Ms. Sara Haber
Mrs. Bronwyn H. Hall
Mr. William Hamilton
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Handeland
Mr. Larry Hanover
Eleanor Hansen
Ms. Ashley Hanson
Ms. Barbara E. Harms
Joseph H. Harris Jr.
Ms. Lyndsey Harrison
Mary-Rose Hayes
Mr. Gerald Heineck
Dr. John L. Herbert
Mr. Daniel Hersh
Mr. Thomas Hibdon
Ms. Diane Hidy and Ms. Kara Scheunes
Ms. Peggy Hill
Ms. Wendy Hillhouse
Mr. Ephraim G. Hirsch and Ms. Dianne Fillippi
Mrs. Harold Hoskins
Elizabeth Hotchkin
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer Hotz
Mr. Michael Hughes and Mr. Marty Fung
Ronald T. Hughes
Ms. Susan Miller Hult
Ms. Sandra Innes
Mr. Luther Jackson
Ms. Ingrid Kallman
Dr. Israel Katz
Mrs. Richard Kirby

Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Klier
Dr. Robert and Christine Kradjian
Ms. Gladys Kurzuk-Howard
Judith A. Lamberti
Mr. John V. Lampe
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lanzone
Thomas A. Larsen
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Graham Leaper
Mr. Richard Ledon
Dr. Jack Leibman
Dr. and Mrs. William Leider
Ms. Lamar Leland
Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Dr. and Mrs. Warren Levinson
Ms. Margaret Levitt
Miss Janice C. Levy
Arend Lijphart and Gisela Meyers
Ms. Donna Lim
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lin
Ms. Deborah Loft
Ms. Eugenia Loken
Mr. Nathaniel Lopez
Ms. Priscilla Lore
Mr. Jeffrey Lowry
Ms. Ruth Lycette
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Lyons
Mr. Richard Mains and Ms. Patsy Slater
Mr. John Maull
Josephine Maxon
Ms. Cari McAskill
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McNulty
Mr. Steven L. Mendoza
Maya D. Meux
Mr. Stanley Michael and Mr. John Churchwell
Ms. Deborah K. Miller
Jane and Harry Mison
Ms. Cosette P. Mitchell
Patricia Mitchell
Ms. Thelma Morris
Ms. Yasuko Naiki
Mr. Howard R. Neckel
Ms. Marian A. Nelson
Dr. Tony Nespole
Edward G. Noble
Mr. and Mrs. D. Warner North
Mr. and Mrs. Tim O'Leary
Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Oliver
Ms. Cecilia Oliyai
Brian Olson
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Mrs. Judith Ostapik
Marie Louise Otto
Ms. Mitzi Palmer
Ms. Eithne Pardini
Mr. Robert Patton
Mr. Alex Paul
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Petermeier
Miss Donna Jean Petersen
Ms. Dagnija Peterson
Nick Peterson
Maria Pitcairn
Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Pohl
Mr. and Mrs. Ritchie Post
Ms. Karen Burtness Prak
Mr. John Price
Mr. Tom Quattlebaum
Ms. Elaine Radcliffe
Ms. Marie Raphael
Mrs. Nancy B. Ream
Ms. Shirley Reith
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Renne
Ms. Virginia Reyna
Ms. Judith L. Reynolds
Mr. Thomas C. Robinson
Mr. Joachim Roesner
Mr. Ronald Rogness
Ms. Isabella Rosen
Ms. Joan Rost
Mr. Victor Rowley and Dr. Stanley K. Yarnell
Mr. Jack Ryder
Ms. Cecile Scandone
Mr. Milton Schaefer and Mr. Scott Plakun
Mr. and Mrs. William Schuppel
Ms. Constance Schwarz
Mr. Sean SeLegue and Mr. Richard A. Zuniga
Ms. L. Christine Selle
Barbara Selvidge
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Margaret V. Sheehan
Mr. Matthew Shilvock
Mr. Hiram Simon
Mrs. Harriet Simpson
Ms. Gwen Sobolewski
Mr. Raymond Souza
Mr. John W. Stark
Mr. Stephen Suzman
Elliot and Alice Swanson
Mr. Jon Swedlow
Mr. Kevin Tang and Ms. Eleonora Walczak
Ms. Susan Thibodeaux
Miss Carol Tomlinson
Raymond and Deborah Tonella
Mr. Thomas Tragardh
Ms. Barbara Traisman
Ms. Ann Treadwell
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Turner
Mr. Cesar Ulloa and Mr. Gary Aliperti
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Nest
Jessica Vapnek
Ms. Marilyn Waldman
Ian and Julia Wall
Ms. Jane Wallace
Ms. Ching-Yu Wang
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Mrs. Barbara M. Ward
Ms. Rosalie V. Weaver
Dr. and Mrs. David Werdegar
Mr. Robert Wertsch
Dr. Ronald Wing
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Wittwer
Ms. Theresa Wondra
Mr. David Zebker
Ms. Eve Zhang
Mr. Michael A. Zimmerman

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Donation Amount: $25 to $99




The Kerry Lobel & Marta Drury Fund of the Horizons Foundation



Drs. Paul and Geraldine Alpert
Ms. Erica Ankuda
Ms. Diane Ayerdi
Mr. Jeff Bart
Ms. Marcia Beales
Mrs. Richard Beidleman
Mr. Edgar A. Benhard
Ms. Maureen Bennett
Mrs. Betty I. Bernstein
Ms. Donna Boyd
Diane Breivis
Veronica Breuer
Mr. and Mrs. Donal Brown
Ms. Anne Buchanan
Guy A Campisano Jr.
Ms. Mary Canavan
Ms. Kim Chang
Mr. William Chinowsky
Miss Joyce K. H. Chow
Ms. Tracy Daugherty
Helen and Raleigh Davis
Martin and Virginia Davis
Dr. William R. Dorrance
Ms. Elizabeth Echols
Mr. Robert Ely
Ms. Frances Escobar-Hosoya
Mr. Dennis Evanosky
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Fenwick
Ms. Christel Fliss
Joseph and Barbara Fredrick
Mr. and Mrs. Marius Frochlichman
Drs. Eric and Paula Gillett
Mr. Simon Glinsky
Ms. Brendalynn Goodall
Mr. John Gosselin
Arthur and Rita Gough
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Greene
Ms. Nancy Gustafson
Mr. Jeff Hamilton
Mr. Barry D. Hovis
Mrs. Nadine Hubbell
Mr. and Mrs. Clint Jennings
Ms. Judith Kahn
Mr. Joel Kaufman and Ms. Susan Blake
Mrs. Celia Kelly
Ms. Beatrice Krivetsky
Mr. Michael Kupperberg
Ms. Anna Lamothe

Mr. Steven Langer
Ms. Alice Lehmann
Mr. Ville Lignell
Ms. Shirley Long
Ms. Dolores Mackinnon
Ms. Elspeth Martin
Mr. William Martin
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
William T. McCraw and Janet Muscio
Ms. Elaine McKenna
Mr. James McKeown
Mrs. Charlotte McMinn
Ms. Nancy Meacham
Mrs. Judith Miller
Mr. Michael Moerman
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Moorhead
Ms. Sara Nealy
Ms. Katherine Norton
Ms. Rosemary O'Connell
Mr. Donald Olson
Mr. Tito Patri and Mrs. Bobby Reich-Patri
Mr. Al Petrosky
Ms. Carol Price Rabin
Ms. Ann Ratcliffe
Mr. William Reeder
Ms. Janet Reider
Mr. John Rengstorff
Ms. Katherine Riva
Ms. Sandra Robbins
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Robins
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rodd
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney H. Rosenberg
Mr. Glen Roven
Gail I. Rubman
Mr. Alex Rynecki
Mr. David Salem
Margot Schevill
Ms. Natalie Shapiro
Ms. Margaret Sheehy
Mr. Stephen Silberstein
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Skylor
Elliott Smith
Miss Maureen Smith
Mr. Rob Stephenson
Ms. Charlise Tiee and Mr. Scott Grieder
Mr. James Toland
Ms. Isabelle Toms
Xiaohung Tu
Mr. Stephen Van Meter
Mary Van Voorhees
Ms. Virginia Vida
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Steve and Pat West
Steven White
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D. Whitman
Mrs. Audrone Willeke
Ms. Susan Z. Wolfe
Ms. O'Brien Young
Mr. and Mrs. E. William Yund
Mr. Erik Zink

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In-Kind Donors

2017 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows
42nd Street Moon
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Cathi Ahearn
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
American Bach Soloists
Karen and Lawrence Ames
Amici di Merola
Masha Archer
Asian Art Museum
August (1) Five
Aurora Theatre Company
Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad
Dr. and Mrs. Phillip H. Beck
Bistro Don Giovanni
Bix Restaurant
Mary Sue and Maurice Bizzarri
William Blake
Breathless Sparkling Wines
California Academy of Sciences
César Cañón
Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café
Andriana Chuchman
John Churchwell
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander L. Brainerd
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Michael Colbruno
Christopher Colmenero
Hough Coughlin
George and Susan Crow
Culinary Excellence Catering
Helga and Roy Curry
Dalla Valle Vineyards
Alan Darling
David Girard Vineyards, Inc.
Peter and Jayne Davis
Dawn Ranch Resort
Disneyland Resort
Ashley Dixon
Jerome Draper In Memory of Norma McDonald Draper
Jane Eaglen
Farm Fresh to You
Film Noir Foundation
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Florida Grand Opera
flour + water
R. David and Ginny Freeman, Co-Founders, Sonoma Valley Authors Festival
Pamela George
Megan Grey
Green Music Center
Alan Greenbaum
Gregory Graham Wines
Hafner Vineyard
Hayes Street Grill
Mary and Craig Henderson
Shane Hensinger, Honorary Consul of Seychelles & the Consulate of Seychelles in California
Mel and Maureen Hetzel
Hinman and Carmichael LLP
Historic John's Grill
Hotel Del Sol
Houston Grand Opera
David S. Hugle and Haggai Niv
Nancy and Wayne Hunnicutt
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Natalie Image
Istituto Italiano Scuola
J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Michael Kalkstein and Susan English
Drs. James and Joan Kelly
Dr. Sarah Kelly Oehler
Laura Krumm
LA Opera
Lamplighters Music Theatre
Landmark Vineyards
Langtry Estate and Vineyards
Laujor Estate Winery
Ledson Winery
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
L. Bing Liem
Livermore Valley Opera
Lynmar Estate
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Liam Mayclem
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Magimix by Robot-Coupe
Emily Marcus
Marin Theatre Company
Addison Marlor
Michaela Martens
James Maverick
Michael McMahon
Meyer Sound
Monsieur Benjamin
Brian Michael Moore
Mark Morash
Anne Morton
Mountain Play Association
New York Philharmonic
Betty Newman
Nob Hill Gazette
James Noe
Oakland Ballet Company
The Olive Press
Opera Parallèle
Opera San Jose
Pangloss Cellars
Peju Winery
Perbacco Ristorante and Bar
Piperade Restaurant
Pläj Restaurant
Plumed Horse
Portland Opera
Quixote Winery
Renée Rapier
Red Carpet Bay Area
Repris Winery
Ridge Vineyards
Drs. Richard & Pamela Rigg
Rigg Estate Vineyard
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Rose's Cafe
Bob and Terri Ryan
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera's Stage Management Team
San Francisco Performances
San Francisco Zoological Society
Tamara Sanikidze
Santa Fe Opera
Schug Carneros Estate Winery
Seattle Opera
DeAnna Sherer
Mary and Paul Slawson
Philippe Sly
Dr. David D. Stein and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Kyle van Schoonhoven
VJB Cellars
Olivia Ware
Carol Weitz
Wellington Cellars
West Edge Opera
Winery Collective
Peter Winkelstein
Christopher Wiseman and Eric Sleigh
The Winery SF
Stephen and Connie Zilles
Maureen Zoltek

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Corporate Matching Gift Donors

American Express Gift Matching Program
SD Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

IBM International Foundation
Microsoft Corporation
Union Bank of California

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Merola Legacy Society

The Merola Legacy Society honors those who have included Merola Opera Program in their will, trust or other estate plans. For more information on how you can support Merola Opera Program through your estate planning, please call (415) 936-2321.

Norman Abramson and David Beery
Mrs. Barbara Adams
Mrs. Judith Anderson
Mrs. John Anderton
Ms. Wilma Avery
Kathleen H. Barr
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bowen
In Memory of George (Troy) Browman
    and his Living Partner J. Gerald Gagnon
Mr. Donald Buhman
Mr. Russell P. Chappell
Ms. Donna Chazen
Agnes Chen Brown
Maureen Clarke
Ms. Carlyn Clause and Mr. Alexander Brainerd
Mr. Michael Colbruno
Mr. Jose Maria Condemi
Mrs. Charles Cornman
Mr. Gerald F. Currier and Mr. Cleveland M. Smith
Peter and Jayne Davis
Mr. Stephen Drewes
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dwelly
Roberta and Mark Emerson
Mr. Robert F. Ewing and Mr. Cesar L. De Joya, Jr.
Mary and Tom Foote
Mario Fracchia
Barbara B. Friede
Joseph and Antonia Friedman
Ms. Magda Gabali
Mr. Louis B. Gagliardi
Pamela George
Mrs. Rolf Gille
Dave Gomberg and Diana Lum
Beatrice and Paul Gomory
Ms. Tracy Grant
Miss Doris Grau
Miss Ursula Grunfeld
Dr. and Mrs. John G. Gurley
James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy
Mr. David S. Hugle and Mr. Haggai Niv
Ms. Marian Huntoon
Barbara K. Jackson
Ms. Dagmar L. Jamison
Ms. Joanie Juster
Mrs. Jeannie Kaufman
Jean Kellogg
Drs. Joan B. and James Kelly
Ms. Ludmila Kisseleva-Eggleton and Mr. Peter Eggleton
Mr. Louis A. Koffman
Mr. Ken Kolby
Mrs. Barbara F. Kral
Herbert and Barbara Graham Kreissler
Ms. Joan Shelbourne Kwansa
Ms. Oliver Lawton
Mr. John Lee

Ms. Marcia Leonhardt
Bernice Gucker Lindstrom
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Betty Maddux
Ms. Norrine L. Marchegiani-Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Mardesich
Dr. Myron Marx
Ms. Denise E. Mauldin
Bill Medigovich
Ms. Christine Miller
Miss Vivienne E. Miller
D. G. Mitchell
Cathy and Howard Moreland
Ms. Camille Morishige
Ms. Thelma Morris
Mr. Albert L. Mosher
Mr. Milton Mosk and Mr. Thomas Foutch
Mr. Carroll J. Newbanks
Mr. Carl Noelke
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. O'Hanlon
Ms. Brenda Osborne
Ms. Sheldeen G. Osborne
   and Mr. Steven E. Tirrell
Robert and Carol Parvin
Mr. Glenn H. Reid
Mr. Robert Robertson
Peter and Bettina Rosenbladt
Ms. Louise A. Russell
Kenneth Ruta
Bob and Terri Ryan
Mr. and Mrs. John Ryckman
Jeannie Sack and Jordan Sachs
Debra R. Schoenberg
Ms. Marilyn G. Seiberling
Ms. Carolyn Shaw
Ms. Jean A. Sherlin
Natalie O. Shuttleworth
David L. and Barbara G. Sloss
Ms. Sue Sommer
Ms. Nancy Soper and Robert Soper
Dr. David D. Stein
    and Dr. Phyllis A. Kempner
Dr. Sam Thal
Miss Carol Tomlinson
James S. and Gayle G. Tunnell
Ms. Suzanne Turley
Shirley Wilson Victor
Mr. Albert J. Vizinho
Doug Von Qualen
Ms. Gladys Wagman
Bruce and Fran Walker
Mrs. Barbara Wanvig
Mr. Kimberly M. Webb and Mr. Richard R. Rossi
Mr. Patrick Wilken and Mr. David Dickson
Ms. Ann L. Williamson
Mrs. John A. Zderic

The Merola Opera Program honors the memory of the following friends who have provided a legacy of support through their bequests and other planned gifts this year.

Mrs. Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zanette Cornman
James Donahue
Al Garren
John Lindstrom

Mr. Jack H. Lund
Marie J. Niemann
Rusty Rolland
Jane Roos LeRoux
Winifred Slauson
Mr. Hugh C. Trutton

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Merola Opera Program wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all donors who have made memorial and honorary donations between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018

In Memory Of


Brian Asawa
Freida Batten
Eloise Bouye
Robert Elliott Brown
Zheng Cao
Grete Christensen
Janey Heagy
Gloria Keister
Norman Larson
John Lindstrom

Thomas E. Morton
Marie J. Niemann
Grace Ellen Parker
Valerie Pope
Mary Stevens Riley
Henry W. Robinson and Nettie Robinson
Rusty Rolland
Mr. James H. Schwabacher
James Forrest Vedder
Cameron Waterman III
Ethel Worn
John Zderic

In Honor Of

Carlyn Clause
Michael Colbruno
Marie Collins
Hugh Coughlin
James Heagy
Jake Heggie
Greer Hopkins
David Hugle and Haggai Niv

Jean Kellogg
Sylvia Lindsey
Jean and Lindsay MacDermid
Hans and Sondra Orup
Glenn Reid
Barbara Ross
Blanche Germain Streeter
Patrick Summers
Kyle Van Schoonhoven
Marie Zderic


Merola Opera Program Endowment
The Merola Opera Program acknowledges with thanks those groups and individuals who have established or support the following endowment funds, which provide lasting tributes and generate continual support for developing the artists of the future.


Kurt Herbert Adler -
    Merola Endowment Fund
Amici di Merola Fund
The Anthony I. Balestrieri Endowment Fund
Richard J. Bartlett Memorial Fund
Jean E. Bennett, Jr. Fund
The Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
John S. Brooks Memorial Fund
Florence Bruce Fund
Bruser Family Fund
Carlton F. Bryan Fund
Betty Cable Fund
Zheng Cao Opera Fund
Cooper Endowment Fund
Reid & Peggy Dennis Endowment Fund
Grace A. Diem
   & Alice E. Siemons Endowment Fund
In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
Querita Eybel Endowment Fund
Mr. & Mrs. A. Barlow Ferguson Endowment Fund
Alfred Fromm and Otto E Meyer, in Memory of Dr. Angel Grooper
I. P. Patrick Gallagher Fund
Nicholas & Mary Ann Gannam Endowment Fund
L. Henry Garland Memorial Fund
Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund
Richard N. Goldman Fund
Donna Lee Grassman Memorial Fund
Gary Griffith Memorial Endowment Fund
Gropper Memorial Fund
Anneliese Gruenberg-Bremer Fund
Otto Guth Fund
Mark Haffner Apprentice Coach Fund
In Memory of James T. Heavey Fund
Elaine Henderson Endowment Fund

Vija Hovgard Endowment Fund
David S. Hugle
    and Haggai Niv Endowment Fund
The Jacobs Family Trust
Grace & Mildred Johnson
    Endowment Fund
In Memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
Leona Gordon Lowin Memorial Fund
Jack H. Lund Fund
Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Director Fund
Sandra McCabe Fund
Meltzer Family Memorial Fund
Merola Members Endowment Fund
Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick
    AIDS Memorial Fund
Oreste J. di Muro Endowment Fund
Verna Osborne Fund
The Bernard Osher Foundation
    Career Grant Endowment
Mary A. Powell Career Grant Fund
In Honor of Leontyne Price
   Endowment Fund
Charles Rolle, M.D. Endowment Fund
Marie Louise Rosenberg Memorial Endowment Fund
Gerald B. Rosenstein Fund
Mary Roy Fund
Schick Memorial Fund
James H. Schwabacher, Jr. Fund
The Shenson Family Fund
Margery Tede Endowment Fund
Blanche Thebom Trust Fund
Dickson Titus III Fund
Alma Brooks Walker Memorial Fund
Frank W. & Matilda O. Weymouth
    Living Trust Fund
In Memory of Patricia Yakutis Endowment Fund

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Merola Opera Program Career Grants

Merola Opera Program gratefully acknowledges the following donors who have provided special support to our young artists.

  • Dr. Phyllis B. Blair Career Grant–Drs. Sidney & Phyllis Blair Fund
  • Florence Bruce Career Grant–Mrs. Starr Bruce Endowment Fund
  • Jean Donnell Memorial Career Grant–In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund
  • Richard & Rhoda Goldman Career Grant–Mr. Richard N. Goldman Fund
  • Gropper Memorial Career Grant–Alfred Fromm & Otto E. Meyer, in Memory of Dr. Angel Gropper
  • E. A. Haggerty Memorial Career Grant–Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
  • David S. Hugle Career Grant–Mr. David S. Hugle
  • Peter G. Kavantjas Career Grant–In memory of Peter G. Kavantjas Endowment Fund
  • Li Foundation Career Grant–Li Foundation Scholarship Fund for Chinese Singers
  • Merola Alumni Career Grant–Merola Opera Program Alumni
  • Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Career Grant–Albert L. Mosher & John E. McCormick AIDS Memorial Fund
  • The Bernard Osher Foundation Career Grant–The Bernard Osher Foundation
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernhardt Poetz Memorial Career Grant–A Friend of Merola
  • Mary A. Powell Career Grant–Mary A. Powell Fund
  • Schick Memorial Career Grant–Schick Memorial Fund
  • Schwabacher Family Career Grant–Mr. James H. Schwabacher
  • Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation in memory of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson
  • Richard Strauss Opera Career Grant–G. William Jewell, in memory of Mr. Robert C. Silvering
  • Dickson Titus III Career Grant–Dickson Titus III Fund

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