Adler & Merolini Updates

Ciao, Opera Mavens!  Here’s what some of our Adler and Merola alumni are up to:

Big roles on the horizon for international superstar Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996)

The Opera Tattler interviews Brian Asawa (Adler 1992)

Congratulations to Susannah Biller (Adler 2011) and Matthew Treviño (Merola 2001, 2003) on their roles in Carly Simon’s opera Romulus Hunt opening this December at Nashville Opera.

Jennifer Cherest (Merola 2012) recently won both first place and the audience award at the Boulder Music Institute’s International Vocal Competition.

Is Bryan Hymel the next Pavarotti? Here’s an interview with the Merola 2001 alum, making his SFO debut as Aenas in Les Troyens next summer:

A fantastic interview with Alek Shrader (Adler 2009), who recently finished a successful stint as Emilio in Handel’s Partenope at the San Francisco Opera.  He can be seen next as Camille de Rosillon in the Met’s new The Merry Widow, opening on New Year’s Eve and will be broadcast Live in HD January 17, 2015.

Janice Hall (Merola 1975) has been nominated for the Best Female Singer award in the BroadwayWorld New York Cabaret Awards.

Some Fascinating Opera Streams + News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some amazing stuff has just popped up.

The 300th anniversary gala concert of the Opéra Comique, Paris, was broadcast live today and will remain available online for about six weeks. A particular treat in this

Anna Caterina Antonacci

Anna Caterina Antonacci

concert is Anna Caterina Antonacci who will be in San Francisco this coming summer to sing both Casandra in Hector Berlioz’s The Trojans and the lead role in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women.

The Last Savage (Giancarlo Menotti)

Stream at 5pm PST Fri and Sat, Nov 14 and 15 from Indiana University. This production has been imported from Santa Fe Opera which originated it a couple of summers ago.

In Other News

Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars Named Musical America Artist of the Year




Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) at Carnegie Hall

Recital of Nov 4 still available for a few months.


The Vagabond King (Rudolf Friml)

This is furnished just in case you might like to see the 1956 Hollywood adaptation of this 1925 operetta. It starred Kathryn Grayson and Oreste Kirkop, with early roles for Rita Moreno and Leslie NielsenSir Cedric Hardwicke played a notable supporting role. It’s available complete on YouTube.

SF Opera Guild Education News

Our 75th Anniversary Celebration begins this weekend with free presentations at Bay Area public libraries. A great opportunity to sample our signature education programs and invite family and friends!
Sing a Story
For ages 5-8
Young imaginations take flight in this award-winning program. A professional opera singer engages children in the musical telling of a classic opera story, magically unveiling props and costumes, and encouraging the entire group to act out the opera and sing excerpts. Presented Nov. 8, 9, 15, & 16 at seven locations across the Bay Area. For times and locations click here.
Opera à la Carte
La Bohème
For ages 8-13
A 45-minute English-language version of Puccini’s famous opera, fully staged and costumed, with four professional singers, pianist, and student performers from San Francisco’s Lafayette Elementary School in speaking roles and chorus.
SF Pubic Library — Main Branch
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Sat., Nov. 15, 11:00 am

Unleash Your Inner Opera Critic

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s your chance to voice your opinions in a public forum!

From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM):
Some of the nation’s top music critics will convene in San Francisco to discuss, reflect, and pass on their craft at The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism hosted by the SFCM November 5-10. In events centered around public performances presented by Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony, distinguished journalists will deliver lectures, hold discussions, and offer critiques of reviews by 18 aspiring young writers from five schools across the country and award a $10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to a student whose work rises above a critical threshold set by the experts.

Members of the public are invited to unleash their own inner critics by competing for the $1,000 Everyone’s a Critic Audience Review Prize. Audience members who attend one or more of the four Institute-affiliated performances may submit a review via the institute’s website. Just like pros, they’ll be held to a deadline that falls on the morning following each concert.

The 2014 Rubin Institute Writers Panel includes Anne Midgette of the Washington Post; Tim Page, professor of journalism and music at the University of Southern California; writer and arts critic John Rockwell; Alex Ross of The New Yorker; Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal; and Rubin Institute benefactor Stephen Rubin, President and Publisher of Henry Holt & Co. The New York Times chief music critic Anthony Tommasini will give the keynote address. Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle will be critic-in-residence and chair the Everyone’s a Critic Audience Review Prize judging panel, which also includes Steven Winn, freelance writer and critic; Wynne Delacoma, freelance arts writer, lecturer and music critic; and Robert Commanday, founding editor of San Francisco Classical Voice.A detailed schedule of Rubin Institute events and information about the Everyone’s A Critic Audience Review Prize can be found at