Merola Opera Program to Perform Schwabacher Summer Concert

The Merola Opera Program will continue its 2024 season with the Schwabacher Summer Concert. The concert will include extended scenes from Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia,” Gounod’s “Faust,” Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci,” Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” Puccini’s “La bohème,” and Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos.” The concert will be performed with a full orchestra and will be conducted by the internationally renowned Maestro Louis Lohraseb, with direction {…}

Merola Opera Program to Present ‘The Song as Drama’

San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program begins its 2024 Summer Festival with “The Song as Drama.” The vocal chamber recital explores the narrative arc of the song and will feature ten artists from the 2024 Merola program and additional chamber musicians. Each piece will offer audiences a deeply compelling story, summarized in just a few minutes. They will perform music from a diverse range of eras and styles. Merola {…}

Samantha Hankey, Simona Genga, Nikola Printz, Arianna Rodriguez Headline 2024 Schwabacher Recital Series

San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera Program has announced the 2024 Schwabacher Recital Series. First up is Simona Genga and Hyemin Jeong present “Two Laurels,” which includes both classical art songs and new compositions, “bringing the audience on a journey through the intimate moments of a queer love story.” Performance Date: Feb. 21, 2024 Then comes a program curated by Nicholas {…}

Q & A: Merola Opera Program Leadership on How Cultivating Awareness Makes Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” an Urgent Story Visible Today

Photo Credit: Kristen Loken Merola Opera Program presents Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” on July 13th and 15th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, with director Jan Essinger, conductor Judith Yan, and a creative team including intimacy coordinator Maya Herbsman. Merola will also host a special conversational forum, post-performance on Saturday, July 15th with the creative team and {…}

San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program Continue Schwabacher Recitals

  The San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program continues Schwabacher recitals for season 39 on April 12 at San Francisco’s Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater in the Veterans Building. Schwabacher’s series will feature a remarkable group of performers, including countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, mezzo-soprano Erin Wagner, and pianists Carrie-Ann Matheson and Shawn Chang. “We will present a {…}