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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.


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
Order tickets online here or call (415) 864-3330.

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
Order tickets online here or call (415) 864-3330.

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.