Merola Faculty


Working with our renowned faculty, Merola participants receive matchless advanced training in musical style and interpretation, role preparation, movement and acting, accompaniment and conducting, languages and diction, breath work, and professional development.


2023 Merola Opera Program Faculty


Carrie-Ann Matheson, SFOC Artistic Director/Musical Coach    
Markus Beam, SFOC General Manager/Personal Development Coach     

Artist in Residence

Rolando Villazón     

Musical Coaches

John Churchwell    
Alan Darling    
Martin Katz    
Jonathan Kelly    
Warren Jones  
Mario Antonio Marra    
Kevin Murphy      

Voice Teachers

Deborah Birnbaum   
Julia Faulkner   
Rhoslyn Jones   
Gerald Martin Moore   
César Ulloa

Creative Teams

Jan Essinger, Director – The Rape of Lucretia  
Kelly Kuo, Conductor – Merola Grand Finale  
Carrie-Ann Matheson, Co-Curator – Metamorphosis  
Nicholas Phan, Co-Curator – Metamorphosis  
Omer Ben Seadia, Director – Schwabacher Scenes Concert  
Steven White, Conductor – Schwabacher Scenes Concert  
Judith Yan, Conductor – The Rape of Lucretia  

Diction Coaches

Alessandra Cattani, Italian Diction   
Patricia Kristof Moy, French Diction   
Anja Burmeister Strauss, German Diction    

Extra-Musical Training

Elena Armijo, Personal Development and Leadership Coaching  
Laura Westman, Personal Development and Leadership Coaching  
Juan Ayala, Yoga Instructor  
Olivia Kahler, Marketing and Branding  
Sharon Peng, Hair and Makeup Instructor  
Duncan Rock, Physical Health and Well-Being  
Tiffany Soricelli, Financial Planning and Fiscal Responsibility    

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