2015 Merola Public Performances

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Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm
Marin Recital
Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church (410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley)
Admission is a suggested donation of $10 or above at the door
Special seating section for Merola and Marin Chapter of the San Francisco Opera Guild members
Advance reservations - Please email Miriam Rosenfeld at MRosenfeld@SFOpera.com or call (415) 565-6247.

The Merola Opera Program returns to Marin County with a special recital featuring soprano Maria Valdes (Merola 2013) and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg (Merola 2014), on Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm, at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church (410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley). Admission is a suggested donation of $10 or above at the door. A dessert reception with the artists will follow the recital.

The program, titled Finding Home, will feature a mix of Spanish, Zarzuela and American songs by composers such as Aaron Copland, Pablo Luna and Manuel Fernández Cabellero.

Cuban-American soprano Maria Valdes is a second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow who appeared as Susanna in Merola Opera Program’s 2013 production of Le nozze di Figaro. She made her San Francisco Opera debut this season as Clotilda (La Cenerentola) and returned as Musetta in La Bohème for Families. An award-winner in the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Valdes is also the winner of the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has been heard in concert with ensembles including the Georgia State University Singers, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, and the choirs of Emory University, Bent Frequency, and the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington.

Pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg is a first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and graduate of the 2014 Merola Opera Program, where he coached A Streetcar Named Desire and Don Giovanni. His engagements range from guest soloist appearances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to concerts in venues such as the Canadian Museum of Civilization for the Glenn Gould Exhibit, Steinway Hall as part of Yale in New York, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall as part of the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs. Greenberg holds degrees from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, Potsdam and Manhattan School of Music, and he has been a participant with Music Academy of the West, New York Opera Studio, and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. He participated in The Song Continues Master Class series with Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, and Dalton Baldwin in 2013.

For more information, call Merola at 415.565.6427 or email Miriam Rosenfeld at MRosenfeld@SFOpera.com.

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Thursday, July 9, 7:30 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Schwabacher Summer Concert

Saturday, July 11, 2 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Schwabacher Summer Concert (free admission)

Thursday, July 23rd, 7:30 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
The Medium and Gianni Schicchi

Saturday, July 25, 2 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
The Medium and Gianni Schicchi

Thursday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
Don Pasquale

Saturday, August 8, 2 pm
Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason
Don Pasquale

Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm
Merola Grand Finale and Reception
War Memorial Opera House

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