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Talya Lieberman, Edward Nelson and Allen Perriello Set for Schwabacher Debut Recitals, 5/3 Talya Lieberman, Edward Nelson and Allen Perriello Set for Schwabacher Debut Recitals, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - April 23, 2015

Soprano Talya Lieberman and baritone Edward Nelson, joined on piano by former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Allen Perriello end the 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, May 3 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary. The Merola Opera Program alumni will present an eclectic ... (more...)
Apply to Merola Opera's Student ConneXion Program; Deadline 4/4 Apply to Merola Opera's Student ConneXion Program; Deadline 4/4
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 2015

The Merola Opera Program, the affiliated training program of the San Francisco Opera, invites rising junior and senior high school and college students to apply for the Merola Student ConneXion Program, where they could receive a complimentary membership to attend Merola summer performances and even... (more...)
Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Guild has announced that soprano Ailyn Pérez has joined the organization's Artists' Council. Comprised of a distinguished group of Met artists from both past and present, all of whom share the Guild's mission to support the Metropolitan Opera and enhance the public's appreciat... (more...)
The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2015

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five young singers have been named the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.... (more...)
Julie Adams and John Churchwell Up Next in 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series, 3/29 Julie Adams and John Churchwell Up Next in 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2015

?The 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 29 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary with soprano Julie Adams and pianist John Churchwell. Adams and Churchwell will present a program of works by Alfred Bachelet, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Edvard Grieg, Sergei Ra... (more...)
Schwabacher Debut Recitals Continues With Martin Katz and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, 3/15 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Continues With Martin Katz and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, 3/15
by BWW News Desk - February 27, 2015

The 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 15 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary with celebrated pianist Martin Katz and San Francisco Opera Center Adler Fellows Jacqueline Piccolino, Zanda Švde, Chong Wang and Matthew Stump.... (more...)
George London Foundation to Welcome Anthony Roth Costanzo & Nadine Sierra, 3/22 George London Foundation to Welcome Anthony Roth Costanzo & Nadine Sierra, 3/22
by BWW News Desk - February 20, 2015

The George London Foundation's season of events comes to a close with a duo recital by two young singers who both won George London Awards in 2010: countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, whose indelible performances in recent New York Philharmonic productions of Le Grand Macabre and A Dancer's Dream ha... (more...)
Merola Opera Program Releases Schedule of Summer 2015 Performances & Artists Merola Opera Program Releases Schedule of Summer 2015 Performances & Artists
by BWW News Desk - February 05, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, February 4, 2015 – Twenty-three singers, five apprentice coaches, and one apprentice stage director, representing seven countries, will participate in the 58th season of the Merola Opera Program from June 8 to August 22, San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced t... (more...)
San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8 San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: HOFFMANN is a Messy, but Enjoyable, Tale at the Met BWW Reviews: HOFFMANN is a Messy, but Enjoyable, Tale at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 26, 2015

Is there another staple of major opera houses that's as big a mess as LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN by Jacques Offenbach? If there is, I can't think of it--but it doesn't keep it from being wildly enjoyable in the right hands. The Met's current production is entertaining, in spite of itself.... (more...)
Merola Opera Program to Screen DON GIOVANNI, 1/25 Merola Opera Program to Screen DON GIOVANNI, 1/25
by BWW News Desk - January 09, 2015

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch present Merola Goes to the Movies, the free, opera-on-film series.... (more...)
SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced! SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - January 07, 2015

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced the Company's 2015-16 season repertory and roster of international and critically acclaimed guest artists, conductors and creative teams scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well
by Richard Sasanow - January 02, 2015

For New York opera-goers, what was the event of the year? Undoubtedly, John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, not only for the kerfuffle caused by the [unfounded] claims of anti-Semitism but for the opera's exciting debut at the Met. (The Met's contentious labor negotiations nearly edged it out, tho... (more...)
Merola Opera Program to Host 'Opera & Ornaments' Concert Tomorrow Merola Opera Program to Host 'Opera & Ornaments' Concert Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2014

The Merola Opera Program presents Opera & Ornaments: A Merola Opera Program Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm in the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library (3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.). This special holiday concert features opera, classical and holiday selections performed by renowned opera... (more...)
2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees 2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2014

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year's honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the... (more...)
THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season, Kicking Off Today THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season, Kicking Off Today
by BWW News Desk - October 11, 2014

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 65 countries around the world, will feature ten operas in the 2014-15 season, including all six new productions in the Met season. All ten performances, transmitted live from... (more...)
Julianna Di Giacomo Stars in SF Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning Tonight Julianna Di Giacomo Stars in SF Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 04, 2014

San Francisco Opera previously announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented today, October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House.... (more...)
Merola Opera Program to Screen CARMEN, 10/26 Merola Opera Program to Screen CARMEN, 10/26
by BWW News Desk - September 25, 2014

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch will present the second season of Merola Goes to the Movies, the free, opera-on-film series.... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
by BWW News Desk - September 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (September 16, 2014)—San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) for seven performances October 4 through 22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. The illustrious cast features Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas as the unwisely flirtatious and cavalier ... (more...)
Tickets Now On Sale for The Met: Live in HD 2014-15 Season Tickets Now On Sale for The Met: Live in HD 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - August 25, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014-15 season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions into more than 2000 movie theaters and performing arts centers worldwide.... (more...)
Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who was to have made her Company debut as Amelia for the first... (more...)
Michael Hersch's ON THE THRESHOLD OF WINTER to Premiere 6/25 at BAM Michael Hersch's ON THE THRESHOLD OF WINTER to Premiere 6/25 at BAM
by BWW News Desk - April 24, 2014

Hailed as “a natural musical genius who continues to surpass himself” (Tim Page, Washington Post), Michael Hersch looks forward to another major career milestone when his first opera, On the Threshold of Winter, receives its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 25. Marking the Ame... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions Concert BWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions Concert
by Richard Sasanow - April 02, 2014

In our age of 20-somethings suffering from arrested development, they say “25 is the new 15.” This certainly was not true at the Met auditions concert (formally, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert, a real mouthful!). At the opera house, Sunday afternoon, the conce... (more...)
Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29 Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., the talented singers and pianist of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center 2013-14 ensemble will perform with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in works of Adams, Bizet, Copland, Donizetti, Gershwin, Gounod, Handel, Lehár, Massenet, Mozart, Ravel, Str... (more...)
Twenty-Nine Artists to Participate in the 57th Season of the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, 6/2-8/17 Twenty-Nine Artists to Participate in the 57th Season of the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, 6/2-8/17
by BWW News Desk - March 19, 2014

Twenty-three singers, five apprentice coaches and one apprentice stage director, representing ten countries, will participate in the 57th season of the Merola Opera Program from June 2 to August 17. More than 900 artists vied for the 29 coveted spots in the 2014 summer program. Offered free of charg... (more...)



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