Here is what some of our alums had to say when notified of the Merola Artists Emergency Fund:
"I cannot help myself but write back immediately to express my gratitude. To everyone involved, thank you for thinking of us and supporting us especially in a time that Merola will also feel some loss." – Toni Marie Palmertree ('15) - her contract at the Metropolitan Opera was canceled for March/April of 2020.
"What extraordinary news - thank you SO much for this amazing resource. It will make such a huge difference in my life, and in the lives of all recent Merolini." – Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen ('16) - lost two performances and a recording at the Chateau de Versailles in April of 2020.
"I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to be a Merolini. At every turn of my career since being at Merola, you guys have been the most supportive organization. You are amazing."– Mary Evelyn Hangley ('16) - was scheduled to sing Leonora in Pensacola Opera’s production of Il trovatore in March of 2020 which was canceled.
"I am so appreciative for what Merola has done for me and all the other Merola artists. Thank you for providing us with some hope and light in these dark times. I am missing my San Francisco family so much these days. What a wonderful organization and group I get to be a part of. I will be forever grateful." – Ashley Dixon ('15/'17)
"I was truly looking at a bleak situation and with the future so uncertain, this literally changed everything. It allowed me to survive a little while longer while I wait out what appears to be a never ending storm of cancellations. And knowing that no matter how far away I am, you all have my back means the world to me." – Isaac Frishman ('16)
"What Merola is doing is so incredibly kind during this tough time for all. Merola's continued support of its artists is astounding; you are like a big family, and I am so blessed to be a part of it." – Natalie Image ('17)
"Your support means the world to me and I could not be more proud to call Merola my family. The financial support is certainly meaningful and can undoubtedly make differences in young artists’ lives, but what is even more meaningful is knowing we have a support system such as Merola." – Nicholas Roehler ('19)
"Thank you to everyone at Merola for their generous support. I honestly wasn’t expecting this much support and I truly appreciate the help. Thank you for everything you do for us!" – Teresa Castillo ('16)
"I am impressed again and again with how thoughtful, generous, and nurturing the program is to its people! This support will go a very long way to helping me through this crisis, and I'm sure many others too. It wasn't something you had to do, and it makes an incredible difference." – Nicholas Huff ('19)
"Merola has helped me so much since the beginning and even during these crazy times you find a way to help. I’m speechless." – Tuomas Juutilainen ('17)