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2015 Merola Opera Program Member-Only Events

Merola members have exclusive opportunities to attend special master classes, events, and receptions. Join us and experience the future of opera! To join or renew, click here

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Tickets for Merola Summer Festival productions are available through the San Francisco Opera box office. Visit the box office in-person, order online here or call (415) 864-3330.


Friday, June 12 | 7:00 PM
Meet the Merolini
SF Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Benefactor level and higher - $45 per person

This is your first chance to meet the 2015 Merola artists up close and personal. Get to know our participants from all corners of the world through a series of lively interviews. A reception with the young artists will follow.

Tuesday, June 16 | 7:00 PM
Bring a Friend Master Class with Malcolm Martineau
SF Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
All levels welcome with advance RSVP

Introduce your friends to the magic of Merola! Members are welcome to bring two friends to this master class featuring world-renowned collaborative pianist Malcolm Martineau.

Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, Mr. Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and many others. He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House), and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich, and Salzburg Festivals.

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

Following the master class, you and your friends are invited to a reception. Merola members are welcome to bring up to two friends. To reserve seats, fill out both sides of the enclosed order form. 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 indicate the total number of guests (including yourself) on the registration form. You do not have to bring a friend(s) to attend.

Monday, June 22 | 11:00 AM–6:30 PM
Day at Merola
War Memorial Opera House and nearby locations
Benefactor level 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. Please check in at North Stage Door.

Friday, June 26 | 7:00 PM
Jean Eaglen Master Class
Friday, June 26 | 7:00 PM
SF Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Bronze level and higher

Soprano Jane Eaglen has been recognized as one of opera’s leading artists for 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

Friday, June 26
Sponsors Reception - Following the Jane Eaglen master class
SF Conservatory of Music Osher Salon - 50 Oak Street
Open to 2015 Sponsors at $,750 and above

For further information about sponsorship opportunities, please call Jean Kellogg at (415) 565-3214.

Following the Jane Eaglen 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 Merola artists whom they have generously supported this year. Sponsors will be sent an invitation by mail.

Sunday, June 28 | 7:00 PM
Merola Auditions for the General Director
War Memorial Opera House • Enter at the North Carriage Entrance
Founding level and higher

Join David Gockley, General Director of San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Opera artistic staff as they hear the 2015 Merola artists 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. No late seating. Doors open at 6:45 pm.


Thursday, July 9, 7:30 PM
Schwabacher Summer Concert
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Conductor Valéry Ryvkin | Director Roy Rallo
Tickets: $40 | $25 | $15 Students with ID
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Enjoy some of opera’s greatest moments as Merola’s young artists perform excerpts from La traviata, Susannah, Die Walküre, and Don Carlo.

Saturday, July 11 | 2:00 PM
Schwabacher Summer Concert- Free performance
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival – Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets

VIP seating section is available to Silver Circle Members and higher.

Wednesday, July 22 | 7:00 PM
A Special Master Class with James Morris
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Open to all Merola members – Tickets are $50 and include a reception with Mr. Morris following the reception.

Legendary bass-baritone James Morris is world famous for his performances in opera, concert, recital, and recording. With a repertoire including works by Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Offenbach, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Gounod, and Britten, Mr. Morris has performed in virtually every international opera house and has appeared with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States.

Considered one of the greatest interpreters of the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Mr. Morris has appeared in this role at The Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and many others. He is also considered the world’s leading interpreter of the title role in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and has appeared as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in the major houses of the United States and Europe.

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

Thursday, July 23 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 25 | 2:00 PM
The Medium & Gianni Schicchi
Cowell Theater at Fort Mason
Tickets: $65 | $45 and a limited number of $15 student tickets
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Comedy and tragedy make up an exciting double bill of classic one-act operas.

Menotti’s haunting The Medium will have you trapped between two worlds — the world of reality and the world of the supernatural — as a fake psychic suddenly believes that her powers are real and must face the tragic consequences.

Comedy and confusion play out in Puccini’s only comic opera, Gianni Schicchi. When the family patriarch dies, his relatives battle over the estate and call in a con man to settle the dispute.

Join us at 6:00 pm before the July 23rd performance for a free talk about the operas.

Thursday, July 30 | 7:00 PM
Martin Katz Master Class
SF Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Founder level and higher

Martin Katz has been dubbed “the gold standard of accompanists” by The New York Times. His 40-year career has taken him to five continents, collaborating with the world’s most celebrated singers in recital and recording. Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Kathleen Battle, and Jose Carreras are among his regular partners, and he has recorded for RCA, CBS, BMG, EMI, and Decca labels. Mr. Katz is also active as a conductor and editor.

He has led opera productions for the Merola Opera Program, the BBC, and Tokyo’s NHK, as well as innumerable performances in Ann Arbor. His editions of baroque and bel canto operas have been performed in Houston, Ottawa, and at The Metropolitan Opera. At University of Michigan for more than two decades, he has chaired the program in collaborative piano and coached vocal repertoire. Mr. Katz is an author too. His first opus, The Complete Collaborator, has been published by Oxford University Press.


Thursday, August 6 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 8 | 2:00 PM
Don Pasquale
Cowell Theater at Fort Mason
Tickets: $65 | $45 and a limited number of $15 student tickets
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There’s no fool like an old fool, particularly when it comes to love and money! Donizetti’s comic masterpiece is full of mix-ups, marriages, and madcap comedy that show how love makes fools of us all.

Join us at 6:00 pm before the August 6th performance for a free talk about the opera.

Wednesday, August 12 | 1:00 PM–4:00 PM
Schwabacher Debut Recital Auditions
SF Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Silver Circle members and higher

Go behind the rehearsal studio door and hear current Merola artists audition for San Francisco Opera Center’s and Merola’s renowned Schwabacher Debut Recital series.

Wednesday, August 12 | 7:00 PM
Antony Walker Master Class
SF Conservatory of Music - 50 Oak Street
Supporter level and higher

Widely recognized as one of the hottest talents in the opera field today, Maestro Walker continues his music directorship at Pittsburgh Opera through the 2016-17 season, and recently made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Maestro Walker also recently debuted at English National Opera with Lucia di Lammermoor, at Canadian Opera Company with Maria Stuarda, and at Santa Fe Opera with Madama Butterfly. Walker currently serves as Artistic Director of the Washington Concert Opera in Washington D.C., co-Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera in Australia, and Music Director of Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes.

Since his conducting debut in 1991, Maestro Walker has led nearly 200 operas, large-scale choral and orchestral works, and numerous symphonic and chamber works with companies in Europe, North America, and Australia. His extraordinary career includes engagements with Opera Australia, Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro Comunale Bologna, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Vancouver Opera, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Opera House Orchestra.

Saturday, August 22 | 7:30 PM
Merola Grand Finale
War Memorial Opera House
Tickets: $45 Orchestra Premium and Grand Tier Premium | $35 Orchestra and Grand Tier | $25 Dress Circle | $15 Students
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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 Antony Walker, Music Director of Pittsburgh Opera, and directed by Merola apprentice stage director Mo Zhou.

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

Members at the Gold Circle Level and higher are eligible for two box seats as supply allows.

Saturday, August 22 | Post-performance
Merola Grand Finale Reception
War Memorial Opera House Lower Café
Tickets: $50 per person

Join the Merola artists for wine and an array of desserts and savory treats 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.