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Merola #MasterChat with Susan Graham

Air Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Hosted by Sheri Greenawald

Hailed by The New York Times as “an artist to treasure,” world-renowned American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Merola ‘87) rose to the highest echelon of international performers within a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire and genres along the way. A familiar face at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Graham also maintains a strong international presence at such key venues as Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Santa Fe Opera, and the Hollywood Bowl. She won a Grammy Award for her collection of Ives songs, and has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music.


Merola #MasterChat with Francesca Zambello

Air Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Francesca Zambello, General Director and Artistic Director
Hosted by Sheri Greenawald

Francesca Zambello is an internationally recognized director of opera and theater, as well as the General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival and the Artistic Director of The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. Her American directing debut took place at the Houston Grand Opera with a production of Fidelio. She debuted in Europe at Teatro la Fenice in Venice with Beatrice di Tenda and has since staged new productions at major theaters and opera houses in Europe and across the U.S. Zambello has worked at more than 50 major opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, the Bolshoi, Munich State Opera, Covent Garden, and Australian Opera. Zambello takes a special interest in new music theater works, innovative productions, and in producing theater and opera for wider audiences.


Merola #MasterChat with David Garrison

Air Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
David Garrison, Actor and Director
Hosted by Sheri Greenawald

Broadway stage and television actor and director David Garrison began his career as a member of the resident company at the Tony Award-winning Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Although he is known for his television roles, Garrison is primarily a theater actor, particularly in musicals. His Broadway appearances include A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, Wicked, The Visit, Titanic, Torch Song Trilogy, The Pirates of Penzance, Bells Are Ringing, and A History of the American Film. Garrison will direct Merola’s 2021 production of Dominick Argento’s vivid one-act opera, Postcard from Morocco.


Merola #MasterChat with Eun Sun Kim and Gregory Henkel

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Eun Sun Kim, Caroline H. Hume Music Director Designate of San Francisco Opera
Gregory Henkel, Managing Director: Artistic of San Francisco Opera
Hosted by Sheri Greenawald

Following “a company debut of astonishing vibrancy and assurance” (San Francisco Chronicle) in Rusalka, Korean conductor Eun Sun Kim has been named the Caroline H. Hume Music Director Designate of San Francisco Opera. In addition to her growing North American presence, Kim is a regular guest conductor at many important European opera houses. Gregory Henkel is San Francisco Opera’s Managing Director: Artistic, casts San Francisco Opera productions and oversees the San Francisco Opera Center.


Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival - a look back

Look back at the Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival through photos and video from the Merolini during their summer in San Francisco at events like Meet and Mingle with the Merolini and master classes with Warren Jones and Kevin Murphy, the Schwabacher Summer Concert, the world premiere of “If I Were You” by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and the Merola Grand Finale. Additional photos by Kristen Loken and Frank Wing.


Thank You from the 2019 Merola Artists

The 2019 Merola Artists look back at the Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival and thank you for your support. The Merolini reflect on some of their favorite moments of the summer from master classes to the Schwabacher Summer Concert, the opera world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's opera, If I Were You, and the Merola Grand Finale. Thanks for supporting Merola Opera Program!


If I Were You (World Premiere) Trailer

What would you sell your soul for? Merola Opera Program presents the world premiere of If I Were You by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Performances are August 1-6, at the Herbst Theatre. Catch two Merola casts for these world premiere performances. .


The Making of If I Were You - Part 1

Merola Opera Program presents the world premiere of If I Were You an opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, opening at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, August 1 - 6, 2019. Watch now to learn about what went into creating If I Were You.


The Making of If I Were You - Part 2

Merola Opera Program presents the world premiere of If I Were You an opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, opening at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, August 1-6. Watch now to learn the story of If I Were You and meet characters Fabian and Brittomara.

 


The Making of If I Were You - Part 3

Merola Opera Program presents the world premiere of If I Were You, an opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, opening at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, August 1 - 6, 2019. Watch now to learn more about the character Fabian and his journey in the story of If I Were You.


The Making of If I Were You - Part 4

Watch the world premiere of If I Were You being created. Hear from composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer, director Keturah Stickann and her design team about how they see this new opera coming together and what you'll see on stage in August.


The Merola Opera Program is 60 Years Strong!

In 2017, the Merola Opera Program celebrated 60 years of sparking the future of opera. Enjoy an historical account of Merola from some familiar and beloved faces.

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