Amici di Merola

Helping support the future of opera

The Amici di Merola ("Merola Friends") are a group of volunteers who are passionate about opera and the young artists on the road to successful operatic careers. The Amici bring energy, generosity and kindness to the work they do for Merola. We love to find ways to help and encourage the Merola artists, especially during the summer program.

Amici with Deborah Nansteel.

What we do

Our efforts fall into two categories:

Provide assistance to the Merola offices

  • Pick up the young artists (Merolini) arriving at the airport at the beginning of the Program
  • Assist the office with clerical projects like preparing mailings to our membership
  • Provide bag lunches for the young artists
  • Participate in fundraising
  • Cover the cost of foreign language textbooks and dictionaries for the Merolini

Provide assistance directly to the Merolini

  • Do our best to make all Merolini feel at home while they attend the program
  • Show them that they have friends and enthusiastic supporters here
  • Attend Merola performances
  • Put on picnics for the Merolini and others who work for the Program
  • Encourage our members to offer tours on days when the Merolini are free
  • Financially sponsor individual Merolini
  • Invite them to dine with us
  • Provide transportation for relatives who come to see the shows
  • Give sightseeing tours
  • Take Merolini shopping
  • Donate vocal scores
  • Offer museum passes
  • Help in other ways as the need arises


Merolini enjoy an Amici picnic.By supporting Merola, we ensure the future of the operatic art form. As we get to know the Merolini and offer many kinds of help and encouragement we make an unforgettable impact on the Merolini. Some lifelong friendships have been formed in this process. Numerous Amici members keep in touch with former Merolini over many years, visit with them when they return to San Francisco and, as Amici, travel to opera performances around the world. Working together, the Amici have a lot of fun and the satisfaction of knowing our work is valuable.

Come Join Us

Amici members are expected to be active and helpful participants in the events we offer. Members may, alternatively, make donations towards purchasing food for the picnics. We hold organizational meetings at 6 PM on the fourth Tuesday evening of each month from March through October, with other meetings as necessary. If you would like to become part of this enthusiastic group:
1. Become a Merola Member


2. Once you are a Merola member, contact:

Jim Heagy,

Amici Photos

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