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.


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"Give opera and classical music a chance - it's not going to be for everyone, but how will people know they like it if they don't get in the door?"

—Renée Fleming
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.
Please note: Merola Opera Program has announced, for the first time in its 63 year history, the cancellation of its 2020 summer training program and Summer Festival, including all public performances, public master classes, and events scheduled to take place July 9 to August 22, 2020, in accordance with local and global efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
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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.
  • Attendance of a minimum of five (5) Merola events/performances is required to maintain membership.


Sign up for the Merola e-newsletter to stay up-to-date about our upcoming Merola online enrichment series and receive detailed instructions on how to tune in to our online events here.


Master Chat with Susan Graham

Wednesday, July 8, 4:00 pm


Master Chat with Francesca Zambello

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm


Master Chat with David Garrison

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm


Master Chat with Eun Sun Kim and Gregory Henkel

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm



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