Here Are the 29 Merola Artists for 2023

By David Salazar

The Merola Opera Program has unveiled the names of the 2023 Merola Artists.

The 29 artists include:


Georgiana Adams, Wheaton, Illinois
Juliette Chauvet, Avignon, France
Caroline Corrales, St. Louis, Missouri
Shan Hai, Beijing, China
So Ry Kim, Daejeon, South Korea
Olivia Prendergast, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Lucy Joy Altus, New York, New York
Joanne Evans, London, United Kingdom
Simona Genga, Toronto, Ontario
Natalie Lewis, Severna Park, Maryland


Cecelia Steffen McKinley, Sterling, Virginia


Daniel Luis Espinal, Sarasota, Florida
Zackry Chance Jonas-O’Toole, Dallas, Texas
Thomas William Kinch, Cardiff, Wales
Sahel Salam, Houston, Texas
Demetrious Dramon Sampson, Albany, Georgia


Eleomar Cuello, Havana, Cuba
Kevin Na Godínez, San José, Costa Rica
Samuel Kidd, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Samson William McCrady, Tucson, Arizona
Cameron Rolling, Waycross, Georgia 


James McCarthy, Pleasantville, New York
Finn Daniel Sagal, La Cañada, California


Nicole Marie Cloutier, White Lake, Michigan
Julian Grabarek, Acton, Massachusetts
Hyemin Jeong, Seoul, South Korea
Pei-Hsuan Tiana Lin, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Deborah Robertson, Springfield, Missouri

Stage Director

Tania Arazi Coambs, Champaign, Illinois

“We are excited to welcome these 29 talented artists to San Francisco to experience a transformative summer of artistic and personal development,” said Carrie-Ann Matheson, San Francisco Opera Center Artistic Director and Markus Beam (Merola ’02), San Francisco Opera Center General Manager, in an original press statement. “Our young artists will not only receive musical, dramatic, and linguistic training from our world class faculty, but will also be given access to real world, holistic training which will support their success and development as artists both on and off the stage.”

The company will unveil upcoming concerts featuring these artists over the coming weeks.