2014 Merola Opera Program Member-Only Events

Membership has its benefits! Receive exclusive invitations to master classes, behind-the-scenes experiences and much more when you become a member and support the future of opera. For information, click here.

For questions regarding Merola member benefits, please contact Miriam Rosenfeld at mrosenfeld@sfopera.com or 415-565-6427.

For membership levels, please click here.

Meet the Merolini
Friday, June 6 | 7:00 pm | SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street)
Benefactor Members and higher. $25 per person.

This is your first chance to meet the 2014 Merola young artists up close and personal. Special guests will do short interviews so you can learn about our participants from all over the world. A sparkling wine, cheese and chocolate reception will follow.



Bring a Friend Master Class with Warren Jones
Tuesday, June 10 | 7:00 pm | SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street)
All levels welcome

Introduce your friends to the magic of Merola! Members are welcome to bring two friends to this master class featuring collaborative paints Warren Jones.

Always a Merola audience favorite, Mr. Jones has often been a guest artist at Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers Series,” as well as the festivals of Tanglewood, Ravinia and Caramoor, in addition to touring as a recitalist throughout Europe and Asia. He has been invited multiple times to perform at the White House, and he participates regularly in the Marilyn Horne Foundation annual gala at Carnegie Hall. For 10 years he was Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera.

Following the master class, you and your friends are invited to a sparkling wine and dessert reception at the Conservatory.

Merola members are welcome to bring up to two friends with advance reservation.

NOTE: As a member you are eligible for two seats and your nonmember friend may also bring a guest— so your group may be a party of four. If you would like to bring a larger party, please contact Miriam Rosenfeld at mrosenfeld@sfopera.com. You do not have to bring a friend(s) to attend.

Jane Eaglen Master Class
Wednesday, June 18 | 7:00 pm | SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street)
Supporter Level and above

Soprano Jane Eaglen has been recognized as one of opera’s leading artists for the more than two decades. Noted for her performances in Puccini’s Turandot, Bellini’s Norma, and as Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Ms. Eaglen has graced the stages of leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera and more. She has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and her extensive discography includes the soundtrack for the 1995 film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.

A pre-class talk at the Conservatory with Ms. Eaglen will begin at 6:30 pm and is reserved for Platinum Circle members and higher.

Because of the pre-class talk, doors to the Concert Hall will not open until 6:55 pm for general seating. Please do not arrive early, as seating will not be available.



Merola Auditions for the General Director
Sunday, June 22 | 6:30 pm | War Memorial Opera House
Enter at the North Carriage Entrance

Founder members and higher

Join David Gockley, General Director of San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Opera artistic staff as they hear the 2014 Merolini perform for the first time on the main stage of the beautiful War Memorial Opera House.

Gold Circle Members and higher are eligible for two box seats, as availability allows with advance reservation. No late seating. Please arrive by 6:15 pm.

A Special Master Class with Eric Owens
A fundraiser for the Merola Opera Program
Thursday, June 26 | 7:00 pm | SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street)

Open to all Merola members. Tickets are $50 and include a reception with Mr. Owens following the master class.

Bass-baritone Eric Owens is at home in orchestral, recital and opera performances, where he brings his powerful poise, expansive voice and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world. He received great critical acclaim for portraying the title role in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel with the Los Angeles Opera, and again at the Lincoln Center Festival, in a production directed and designed by Julie Taymor.

Owens also enjoys a close association with John Adams, for whom he performed the role of General Leslie Groves in the world premiere of Doctor Atomic at San Francisco Opera, Owens’s career operatic highlights include the role of Alberich in the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen; his San Francisco Opera debut in Otello conducted by Donald Runnicles and Porgy and Bess for the company in 2009; his Royal Opera House debut in Norma; Aida at Houston Grand Opera; Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La bohème at Los Angeles Opera; Die Zauberflöte for his Paris Opera (Bastille) debut; and Ariodante and L’incoronazione di Poppea at the English National Opera.

Following the master class, guests are invited to a reception at the Conservatory with Mr. Owens.



Day at Merola
Monday, June 30 | 11:00 am – 6:30 pm | War Memorial Opera House and other nearby locations
Benefactor members and higher

Here’s your chance to be an honorary Merolini for the day! Go “back stage” and witness the many facets of the Merola Opera Program, including production staging, vocal coaching
sessions and much more. Come for all or part of the day.

For $30 per person, you can join the Merolini for a box lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the War Memorial Opera House Lower Level Café.

A Streetcar Named Desire
Based on the play by Tennessee Williams
By André Previn with libretto by Philip Littell
New orchestral reduction by Peter Grunberg
Sung in English with English supertitles
Conductor Mark Morash | Director Jose Maria Condemi

Thursday, July 10 | 7:30 pm | Everett Auditorium (450 Church Street)
Saturday, July 12 | 2:00 pm | Everett Auditorium (450 Church Street)

After losing her home and her job, delusional southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives in New Orleans, taking a streetcar named “Desire” to live with her sister Stella and Stella’s brutish husband Stanley. Sexual tension quickly develops between Blanche and her brother-in-law—until slowly her dark secrets and lies come to light.

Previn’s jazz-influenced score, combined with a potent libretto by Philip Littell, preserves the emotional impact of Tennessee Williams’s play—creating a searing musical drama where the lines between fantasy and reality blur, with tragic consequences.

Tickets $60/$40/$25 and a limited number of $15 student tickets available one hour before the performance. For student ticket information, please see below.

Tickets available at the San Francisco Opera Box Office • (415) 864-3330

Box office hours: Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or purchase online at sfopera.com.

Schwabacher Summer Concert
Conductor Eric Melear | Director Roy Rallo
Thursday, July 17 | 7:30 pm | Everett Auditorium (450 Church Street)

Saturday, July 19 | 2:00 pm | Free Concert at Yerba Buena Gardens (Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets)

Some of opera‘s greatest moments are woven together in this annual concert of extended scenes. Sit back and revel in the artistry of tomorrow’s opera stars as they perform excerpts from Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Mignon, La Cenerentola, Semele and other masterworks. Join us indoors, at Everett Auditorium, or outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

For the Thursday, July 18 performance • Tickets $40/$25 and a limited number of $15 student tickets and hour before the performance. For student ticket information, please see below.

Tickets available at the San Francisco Opera Box Office • (415) 864-3330.

Seating in the VIP section for the outdoor concert is available to Silver Circle Members and higher with advance reservation

Box office hours: Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or purchase online at sfopera.com.


Steve Blier Master Class
Wednesday, July 23 | 7:00 pm | SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street) Bronze Circle members and above

Steven Blier is the Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), which he co-founded in 1988 with Michael Barrett. Since the Festival’s inception, he has programmed, performed, translated and annotated more than 140 vocal recitals with repertoire spanning the entire range of American song, art song from Schubert to Szymanowski, and popular song from early vaudeville to Lennon-McCartney.

Mr. Blier enjoys an eminent career as an accompanist and vocal coach. His recital partners have included Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Samuel Ramey, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Susan Graham, Jessye Norman and José van Dam, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to La Scala. He is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School and has been active in encouraging young recitalists at summer programs, including the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera and the Merola Opera Program.



Sponsors Reception
Wednesday, July 23 | follows master class| SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street)

Open to 2014 Sponsors at $1,750 and above. For further information about sponsorship opportunities, please call Jean Kellogg at (415) 565-3214.

Following the Steven Blier master class, there will be a reception held exclusively for sponsors of this summer’s young artists and faculty. This is the sponsors’ chance to mingle with the Merolini that they have generously supported this year.
Sponsors will be sent an invitation by mail.

Don Giovanni
By W.A. Mozart with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Conductor Martin Katz | Director James Darrah

Thursday, July 31 | 7:30 pm | Everett Auditorium (450 Church Street)
Saturday, August 2 | 2:00 pm | Everett Auditorium (450 Church Street)

The ultimate playboy comes to Merola this summer. With more than 2,000 romantic conquests, Don Giovanni lives life in the fast lane until a mysterious meeting with a statue begins his downward spiral.

From overture to epilogue, this opera is considered by many to be Mozart’s greatest work, filled with sweeping melodies and a stirring finale that will leave you trapped between heaven and hell.

Tickets $60/$40/$25 and a limited number of $15 student tickets. For student ticket information, please see below.

Tickets available at the San Francisco Opera Box Office • (415) 864-3330.

Box office hours: Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or purchase online at sfopera.com.



Carol Vaness Master Class
Wednesday, August 6 | 7:00 pm | SF Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (50 Oak Street)
Founder Level members and above

Merola alum Carol Vaness launched her professional singing career at New York City Opera, where she appeared regularly from 1979 to 1983. Since then, she has sung on the world's biggest stages and at prestigious music festivals, collaborated with today's foremost conductors in operatic and symphonic repertoire, appeared on numerous television broadcasts throughout North America and Europe and compiled a distinguished catalog of recordings.

Her interpretations of Mozart's dramatic heroines, including Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, have been hailed as definitive, and she has become especially identified with the role of Floria Tosca. She performed the title role of Puccini's Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Pavarotti in the legendary tenor's final operatic performance.



Schwabacher Debut Recital Auditions
Wednesday, August 7 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Location to be announced
Platinum Level members and above

Go behind the rehearsal studio door and hear current Merola artists audition for the San Francisco Opera Center’s and Merola’s renowned Schwabacher Debut Recital series. Space is extremely limited so RSVP early to ensure your spot.



Merola Grand Finale
Saturday, August 16 | 7:30 pm | War Memorial Opera House
Conductor Ari Peltro | Director Omer Ben Seadia

This is your last chance to hear the amazing Merola artists before they head out to headline at opera companies around the world. Join us for a thrilling evening of arias and scenes from beloved opera works, under the baton of Maestro Ari Pelto and directed by Merola apprentice stage director Omer Ben Seadia.

Following the performance, toast the artists’ successes at a celebratory reception in the War Memorial Opera House Lower Level Café. (Reception tickets sold separately).

Performance Tickets: $45 Orchestra Premium and Grand Tier Premium
$35 Orchestra and Grand Tier | $25 Dress Circle | $15 Students For student ticket information, please see below.

Tickets available at the San Francisco Opera Box Office • (415) 864-3330.

Box office hours: Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or purchase online at sfopera.com.

Members at the Gold Circle Level and higher are eligible for two box seats as supply allows with advance reservation. Reception tickets are sold separately through the San Francisco Opera Box Office.

A limited number of free tickets in the top balcony are available to those who send a request to the San Francisco Opera Box Office along with a $11 handling fee per order (2 tickets per order maximum). Please make checks payable to Opera Box Office.



Merola Grand Finale Reception
Saturday, August 16 | Post-performance
War Memorial Opera House Lower Level Café

Join the Merola artists for wine and savory snacks as we toast this year’s program at an elegant reception in the Lower Level Café in the War Memorial Opera House. Space is limited, so make your reservations early.

Tickets $50 per person.

Tickets available at the San Francisco Opera Box Office | (415) 864-3330.

Box office hours: Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm



Student Tickets
A very limited number of specially priced student tickets are made
available for each performance. Student tickets may be purchased in advance at the box office or one hour before performances. A valid student ID is required. Limit of two tickets per person for each performance.

Gain access to these exclusive events!



Related link: Member Benefits


Note: To view these documents, you'll need Adobe Acrobat, which you can download here.



Get Latest News