San Francisco Opera Presents Two Concerts in December to Conclude its Fall Season

By Afton Wooten
(Photo credit: Kristen Loken)

San Francisco Opera concludes its fall season with concerts by the Adler Fellows and the San Francisco Opera Chorus.

“The Future Is Now” features the 2023 Adler Fellows, sopranos Arianna Rodriguez, Mikayla Sager and Olivia Smith, mezzo-sopranos Gabrielle Beteag and Nikola Printz, tenors Victor Cardamone, Edward Graves and Moisés Salazar, bass-baritone Jongwon Han, and pianists Yang Lin and Marika Yasuda. They are accompanied by the San Francisco Opera Orchestra under the baton of Ramón Tebar, who makes his San Francisco Opera debut on Nov. 19 leading Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.”  The Adler Fellows will perform scenes and arias from operatic works, including classics by Bellini, Puccini, and Mozart, along with twentieth- and twenty-first-century operas by composers Samuel Barber, Carlisle Floyd, and David Lang. The concert takes place at the Herbst Theatre on Dec. 2.

The Adlers concluding their fellowships with this concert are second-year Adler Fellows Gabrielle Beteag, Victor Cardamone, Edward Graves, Mikayla Sager, and Marika Yasuda and first-year Adler Fellow Moisés Salazar. Continuing in the program in 2024 as second-year Adlers are Jongwon Han, Yang Lin, Nikola Printz, Arianna Rodriguez, and Olivia Smith.

“The San Francisco Opera Chorus in Concert” is led by Chorus Director John Keene and Associate Chorus Master Fabrizio Corona provides support at the keyboard for this evening of a cappella and accompanied choral works. The 75-minute program features selections from the concert, sacred and opera repertoires, including music by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Lili Boulanger, and Florence Price along with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, and Stephen Paulus.

The chorus concert is held in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater on Dec. 8.