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2019


Tickets to the Schwabacher Summer Concert, world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Merola Grand Finale are on sale through the SF Opera Box Office located at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, by phone at (415) 864-3330 or at sfopera.com/buy-tickets.

Schwabacher Recital Series

The Schwabacher Recital Series is at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera in the War Memorial Veterans Building located at 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. Purchase tickets at sfopera.com/SRS.

Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Martin Katz, Piano featuring 2019 Adler Fellows
Patricia Westley (Merola 2018), Soprano
Ashley Dixon (Merola 2015/2017), Mezzo-soprano
Zhengyi Bai (Merola 2018), Tenor
Christian Pursell (Merola 2017), Bass-baritone
For tickets and information CLICK HERE
Program:
Hugo Wolf / Selections from Mörike Lieder
Samuel Barber / Hermit Songs
Johannes Brahms / Selections from Deutsche Volkslieder

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June

Meet and Mingle with the Merolini

Benefactor Level and above
This is your first chance to meet the 2019 Merola artists in an up-close and personal setting. The artists will be interviewed in small groups and take questions from the audience. A great opportunity to learn some interesting facts and tidbits about these rising stars. A reception with the young artists will follow.​
Reception is generously supported, in part, by Culinary Excellence Catering.

Monday, June 10, 7:00 pm
Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera Education Studio - 401 Van Ness Avenue

Jane Eaglen Master Class

Founder Level and above
Jane Eaglen has enjoyed one of the most distinguished reputations in opera for the past two decades and has performed in the leading opera houses of the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, and Opera National de Paris.
Jane Eaglen is sponsored in part, by Paul & Barbara Sonnenblick, and James Heagy in memory of Janey Heagy.

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall - 50 Oak Street

Bring a Friend Master Class with Warren Jones

All Membership Levels welcome with advance RSVP
Always a Merola audience favorite, Mr. Jones has been a guest artist at Lincoln Center's "Great Performers Series," as well as the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Caramoor festivals, in addition to touring as a recitalist throughout Europe and Asia. For 10 years, he was Assistant Conductor as the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera.

Reception with Mr. Jones and the Merolini following the master class is open to all Merola Members and their guests. Tickets for the reception are $50 per person. Introduce your friends to the magic of Merola! Members are welcome to bring two friends to this special master class.
Merola dedicates the Bring a Friend Master Class with Warren Jones to the memory of Charlotte Patricia Holt Beresford.​
The reception is generously supported, in part, by Culinary Excellence Catering.

Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall - 50 Oak Street

Merola Auditions for the General Director

Founder Level and above
Join Matthew Shilvock, General Director of San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Opera staff as they hear the 2019 Merola artists perform for the first time on the main stage of the War Memorial Opera House.
Gold Circle Members and above are eligible for two box seats, as availability allows.

Sunday, June 23, 7:00 pm
War Memorial Opera House - Enter at the North Carriage Entrance - 301 Van Ness Avenue
No late seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Kevin Murphy Master Class

Benefactor Level and above
Kevin Murphy, a leading figure in the world of classical vocal music, has served as director of coaching and music administration for Indiana University Opera Theater and professor of practice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 2011. Murphy was the first pianist and vocal coach invited by Maestro James Levin to join the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Program at The Metropolitan Opera, and from 1993 to 2006 he was an assistant conductor at The Met.

Thursday, June 27, 7:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall - 50 Oak Street

Sponsors' Reception

Open to 2019 Sponsors at $1,850 and above
Following the Kevin Murphy master class, there will be a reception held exclusively for sponsors of this summer's young artists and faculty. This is the sponsors' chance to connect with the Merola artists whom they have generously supported this year. Sponsors will be sent an invitation by mail.
The Sponsors' Reception is generously supported, in part, by Culinary Excellence Catering.

Thursday, June 27, Following the Kevin Murphy Master Class
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Osher Salon - 50 Oak Street

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July

Merola Opera Program 2019 Summer Festival

Tickets to the Schwabacher Summer Concert, world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Merola Grand Finale are on sale through the SF Opera Box Office located at 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, by phone at (415) 864-3330 or at sfopera.com/buy-tickets

Schwabacher Summer Concert

Star-crossed lovers, brothers separated at birth, a deal with the devil, a comic marriage, and a jaded courtesan longing for true love. Some of the most exciting moments in opera come to life as Merola’s young artists perform staged scenes from Lucia di Lammermoor, Il trovatore, Faust, Die schweigsame Frau, and La rondine. Performances in French, German, and Italian (with supertitles).

Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 13, 2:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street, San Francisco
Craig Kier, Conductor
Jose Maria Condemi, Director
Buy tickets here: $55/$35
This concert is named in memory of Merola's late Chairman, James Schwabacher, and is graciously underwritten by the Grace A. Diem and Alice E. Siemons Foundation, the Frances K. and Charles D. Field Foundation, the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust, and the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Craig Kier is sponsored, in part, by Darla and Richard Bastoni.
Jose Maria Condemi is sponsored, in part, by Drs. John and Lois Crowe.


Day at Merola

Benefactor Level and above
Here's your chance to be an honorary Merolini for the day! Go behind the scenes and witness the many facets of the Merola Opera Program, including production staging, vocal coaching sessions, and much more. Master classes will feature Martin Katz, among others. Come for all or part of the day. For $30 per person, you can join the Merolini for a box lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Davies Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall.

Wednesday, July 17, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall

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August

If I Were You - World Premiere

An opera in two acts by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer
Loosely based on the novel Si j’étais vous by the French-American writer Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classical literature, from Faust to Jekyll and Hyde. The lead character is Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer who yearns for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence. Brittomara, a shape-shifting devil, appears to him in many guises, finally offering Fabian a supernatural power that will allow the writer to transfer his soul into other people’s bodies, living their lives as their own souls languish in a shadowy netherworld. Thus begins the journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his increasingly lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity, leaving a trail of human wreckage and hollow shells. Performances in English (with supertitles).

Don't miss two talented Merola casts: Pearl Cast (P) and Emerald Cast (E).

Thursday, August 1, 7:30 pm (P)
Saturday, August 3, 2:00 pm (E)
Sunday, August 4, 2:00 pm (P)
Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 pm (E)
Herbst Theatre - 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Keturah Stickann, Director
Buy tickets here: $80/$55/$35
Graciously underwritten, in part, by the Bettye Poetz Ferguson Foundation, Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, Jack H. Lund Foundation, Barbara Bruser & Richard Clark, Mary & Craig Henderson, Scott & Susan Lord, Diane B. Wilsey, and Sue York.
Nicole Paiement is sponsored, in part, by Bob and Terri Ryan.
Keturah Stickann is sponsored, in part, by Ursula Grunfeld.


Schwabacher Recital Series Auditions

Silver 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.

Monday, August 5, TBD
Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera Atrium Theater - 401 Van Ness Avenue

William Burden Master Class

Benefactor Level and above
William Burden, a 1991 alumnus of the Merola Opera Program, is a member of the voice faculty at The Julliard School and the Mannes School of Music. A supporter of new works, Burden sang George Bailey in San Francisco Opera's West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life in the fall of 2018. He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opera National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Madrid's Teatro Real, the Netherlands Opera, and many others. His repertoire includes the title roles of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Faust, Pelléas et Mélisande, Roméo et Juliette, Béatrice and Bénédict, Candide, and Acis and Galatea; Loge in Das Rheingold, Florestan in Fidelio, Don José in Carmen, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Lensky in Eugene Onegin.

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm
Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera Atrium Theater - 401 Van Ness Avenue
William Burden is sponsored, in part, by Paul & Ellen McKaskle.

Merola Grand Finale and Reception*

A triumphant end to our Summer Festival, the Merola Grand Finale features the Merola young artists in a dazzling array of opera’s most captivating arias and ensembles. Conducted by Maestro George Manahan, and directed by 2019 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Greg Eldridge, this evening showcases the extraordinary talent of the Merolini.

Following the performance, join the Merola artists for a celebration in the Veterans Building Green Room.

Saturday, August 17, 7:30 pm
War Memorial Opera House - 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
George Manahan, Conductor
Greg Eldridge, Director
Buy tickets here: $50/$40/$25
*Reception tickets are an additional $75 each and can be purchased here.
Graciously underwritten, in part, by The Blanche Thebom Trust, and the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust.
George Manahan is sponsored, in part, by Darla and Richard Bastoni
Greg Eldridge is sponsored, in part, by the Lotfi Mansouri Apprentice Stage Director Endowment Fund, and the In Memory of Jean Donnell Fund.
Post-concert reception is generously sponsored, in part, by Culinary Excellence Catering.