Eun Sun Kim to Lead San Francisco Opera’s ‘The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Concert’

By David Salazar

San Francisco Opera is set to present “The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Concert” on Dec. 10, 2021.

The showcase, which marks the culmination of the 2021 Adler Fellows will feature Anne-Marie MacIntosh, Elisa Sunshine and Esther Tonea; mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh; tenors Zhengyi Bai, Christopher Colmenero and Christopher Oglesby; baritone Timothy Murray; bass Stefan Egerstrom and pianists Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad and Andrew King.

Audiences will hear a wide array of opera scenes, arias, and duets from such works as “The Ghost of Versailles,” “Don Pasquale,” “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “La Bohème,” “Der Fliegende Holländer,” and “La Gioconda,” among many others. The program will be conducted by Caroline H. Hume Music Director Eun Sun Kim.

“As we reflect upon the first year of our tenure as the leadership team of the San Francisco Opera Center, some important and overarching themes come to mind: resilience, gratitude, connection, and joy. The eleven talented young artists that you will hear this evening spent the first half of this year singing and playing into a computer, physically distanced from their colleagues and their mentors. They adapted to new ways of learning and collaborating, and they did so with determination, flexibility, and intelligence. They embraced a new curriculum with open minds and hearts, knowing that the world would be different when we were finally able to return to live collaboration,” said San Francisco Opera Center Artistic Director Carrie-Ann Matheson and General Manager Markus Beam in an official press statement. “As the Adler Fellows made their first tentative steps back into the “real world” of in-person rehearsals and performances, it felt strangely uncomfortable. They persisted and within no time at all, the joy of being reconnected and making music with their colleagues, coaches and teachers replaced any sense of fear or trepidation. Gratitude reigned supreme and remains a palpable part of daily life in the Opera Center.”