Patricia Racette to Receive Merola Distinguished Alumni Award

About the Merola Opera Program, Ms. Racette said "Merola opened my world and changed my life, giving me the training, support, and opportunities that I appreciate and value to this day. There is no better training program."

Jayne Davis, Chairman of the Merola Opera Program said, "After Patricia's summer in Merola, she performed an extraordinary Madama Butterfly on the 1988 Western Opera Theater tour throughout the USA. She excelled night after night in that challenging role and has reprised it many times with great success. Since then, her repertoire has grown dramatically to make her one of the most versatile singers today, with memorable vocal beauty and emotion delivered in every performance. She is one of Merola's proudest success stories, and we are thrilled to present her with our highest commendation, The Merola Distinguished Alumni Award."

For 58 years, the Merola Opera Program has been the cornerstone of San Francisco Opera's training and performance progression for promising young artists. Each summer, young artists from the United States and around the world are brought to San Francisco for 12 weeks of intensive studies and performance opportunities under the guidance of renowned teachers and performers. Besides Patricia Racette, Merola alums include opera superstars Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Leona Mitchell, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Deborah Voigt, and Dolora Zajick among many others.

The Merola Opera Program is dedicated to the continuing education and training of the finest young operatic talent and the development of this talent into professional opera singers, coaches, and stage directors of the highest artistic caliber. Merola operates in close artistic collaboration with San Francisco Opera but is an independent nonprofit organization. Governed by a separate board of directors, Merola is responsible for its own long - term financial stability and fundraising, and is grateful to the hundreds of loyal members, donors, and foundations who support the program.

For information on the Merola Opera Program, visit www.merola.org.

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