Student ConneXion

Student ConneXion Program

Merola Opera Program is about nurturing the future of opera - both on the stage and in the audience. Our Student ConneXion Program was created to deepen your understanding and appreciation of this art form.


Join and Learn Today

The Merola Opera Program Student ConneXion Program is open to junior high, high school, and college students. ConneXion members are invited to select Merola events including master classes, workshops, and performances to receive an in-depth, first-hand look at what it takes to be an opera artist.
Participation Requirements:

- Must be currently enrolled student with valid school ID. A copy of your student ID and/or proof of enrollment will be requested for admission.

- Accepted students must attend a mandatory ConneXion orientation on Wednesday, June 12, at 6:15 pm, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

- Attendance of a minimum of three (3) Merola events/performances is required to maintain membership. You are provided with up to two tickets for each event – one must be used by the ConneXion member.

- Selected participants 18 years and younger will be required to submit a parental approval agreement (provided upon admission).

Application deadline is June 10, 2024.


(Date, time, and venue subject to change.)       

Master Class with Carrie-Ann Matheson

Wednesday, June 12, time TBA


Master Class with Kevin Murphy 

Tuesday, June 18, time TBA


Merola Auditions for the General Director


Date, time TBA


The Song as Drama Recital

Thursday, June 27, 7:30pm


Master Class with Patricia Racette (Merola ’88)

Tuesday, July 2, time TBA

Schwabacher Summer Concert, Community Preview 

Tuesday, July 9, time TBA        

Day at Merola

Thursday, July 18, time TBA       

Master Class with Ramon Vargas

Thursday, July 18, time TBA 


Don Giovanni Community Preview

Thursday, July 30, time TBA     

Merola Grand Finale


Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm

War Memorial Opera House • 301 Van Ness Avenue       


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Each summer, approximately 23 singers, 5 pianist/coaches and 1 stage director are selected from nearly one thousand international applicants to participate in the Merola Opera Program.
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