Merola Opera House To Present Merola Grand Finale

By Francisco Salazar

The Merola Opera Program is set to wrap up its Summer Festival with the Merola Grand Finale, a concert at the War Memorial Opera House on August 17, 2019.

The concert will feature 29 young international artists selected from who will showcase a dazzling array of opera’s most exciting arias and ensembles. The concert will be conducted by Maestro George Manahan and directed by 2019 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Greg Eldridge.

The young artists performing will include Salvatore Atti, Brennan Blankenship, Jeff Byrnes, Alice Chung, Cara Collins, Michael Day, Anna Dugan, Andrew Dwan, Stefan Egerstrom, Greg Eldridge, Edith Grossman, Nicholas Huff, Andrew King, Christopher Koelzer, and Edward Laurenson.

Chelsea Lehnea, Anne-Marie MacIntosh, Amber R. Monroe, Timothy Murray, Rafael Porto, Laureano Quant, Nicholas Roehler, Brandon Scott Russell, Hyeree Shin, Victor Starsky, Elisa Sunshine, Esther Tonea, and Patricia Westley will also perform in the final concert.

The evening will also showcase selections from a wide variety of operas, including Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte”  and “La finta giardiniera,” Barber’s “Vanessa,” Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” and “La fille du régiment,” Offenbach’s “La Belle Hélène,” Bellini’s “I Capuleti e I Montecchi” and “I Puritani,” Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites,” Nicolai’s “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor,” Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Halévy’s “La Juive,” Thomas’s “Hamlet,” and Verdi’s “Falstaff” and “La Traviata.”