Merola Grand Finale 2009 (photo by Kristen Loken)

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Wondering where some of your favorite former Merolini, Adler Fellows, and Opera San Jose Resident Artists are now? Here’s our Top 20 list of places to go and singers to see in the Western U.S. (plus 1 in Canada*) for the remainder of the 2018-19 season!

  • Leah Crocetto (Adler 2010-11) as Leonora and Adam Lau (Merola 2011) as Ferrando in Il trovatore at Seattle Opera, Jan 12-25
  • Sara Gartland (Adler 2010-11) as Violetta and Daniel Montenegro (Adler 2011) as Alfredo in La traviata at Arizona Opera (Phoenix & Tucson), Jan 25-Feb 3
  • Elizabeth Baldwin (Merola 2012) as Eva Crowley in An American Dream at Anchorage Opera, Feb 8-10
  • Efrain Solis (Adler 2014-15) as El Payador in Maria de Buenos Aires at Opera Southwest (Albuquerque), Feb 17-24
  • Julie Adams (Adler 2015-16) and Andrew Bidlack (Adler 2008-09) in Silent Night at Arizona Opera (Phoenix & Tucson), Mar 1-10
  • Janai Brugger (Merola 2010) as Servilia and James Creswell (Merola 2000) as Publius in La clemenza di Tito at Los Angeles Opera, Mar 2-24
  • Kristin Clayton (Adler 1994-95) as Beatrice (plus Frederika von Stade as Maddie) in Three Decembers at San Diego Opera, Mar 8-10
  • Andrew Stenson (Merola 2012) as Tamino and Joo Won Kang (Adler 2012-13) as Papageno in The Magic Flute at Utah Opera (Salt Lake City), Mar 9-17
  • Sean Anderson (Merola 2002) as Telramund in Lohengrin at Opera Southwest (Albuquerque), Mar 31-Apr 7
  • Daniela Mack (Adler 2008-09) as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Lyric Opera Kansas City, Mar 16-24
  • Nikki Einfeld (Adler 2004-05) as Gilda in Rigoletto at Calgary Opera*, Apr 6-12
  • Cecilia Violetta Lopez (OSJ 2012-14) as Marguerite and David Pittsinger (Merola 1986) as Faust at Opera Omaha, Apr 12-14
  • Melody Moore (Adler 2006-07) as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Houston Grand Opera, Apr 20-May 5
  • Colin Ramsey (OSJ 2016-17) as Reverend John Hale in The Crucible at Opera Santa Barbara, Apr 26-28
  • Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as Ford, Alex Mansoori (Merola 2009) as Bardolfo, and Mark Delavan (Adler 1986-87) as Falstaff at Dallas Opera, Apr 26-May 4
  • Sean Panikkar (Adler 2005-06) as Nadir in The Pearl Fishers at Lyric Opera Kansas City, Apr 27-May 5
  • Elizabeth Caballero (Adler 2003) as Mimi and Susannah Biller (Adler 2010-11) as Musetta in La bohème at Austin Opera (TX), Apr 27-May 5
  • Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) as Lorenzo da Ponte in The Phoenix (World Premiere) at Houston Grand Opera, Apr 26-May 10
  • Ryan Kuster (Adler 2011-12) as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro at Opera Colorado (Denver), May 4-12
  • Daniel Sumegi (Adler 1993-94) as Zuniga and Zanda Švēde (Adler 2015-16) as Carmen at Seattle Opera, May 5-18
  • And last but certainly not least:  Pene Pati (Adler 2016-17) as Alfredo and Quinn Kelsey (Merola 2002) as Germont in La traviata at Hawaii Opera Theater (Honolulu), May 17-21