San Francisco Opera Merola Singers

Community Tuesdays Kick-Off Concert
Our grand kick-off event is a concert luncheon featuring the San Francisco Opera Merola Singers. The Merola Opera Program is regarded as the foremost opera training program for aspiring opera singers, coach accompanists and stage directors. You will hear arias, songs and Broadway tunes sung by the young opera singers of the future.

Attendees may enter a raffle to win tickets to the 2013 Merola Opera Festival!
Mezzo-soprano Erin Johnson is a first-year Adler Fellow and was a participant in the Erin Johnson2012Merola Opera Program, where she performed as Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) and Mab (La Jolie Fille de Perth). A native of Washington, New Jersey, she holds a master’s degree from Rice University. While at Rice, Johnson was also awarded to study in Florence through the Margaret Pack Italian Language Study Program in 2012. In 2009, Johnson was accepted into the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program, where she was seen in scenes from Roméo et Juliette, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. She also holds bachelor’s degrees from Cairn University.

Lyric Coloratura soprano, Nikki Einfeld, has been widely recognized for her “high flying
San Francisco Opera Melora Singersvirtuosity” (New York Times) as well as “a bright, lithe tone, pinpoint accuracy and a saucy stage demeanor” (San Francisco Chronicle). Nikki is a 2003 alumn of the Merola Opera Program.  A former Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, this Canadian soprano received further acclaim as a Grand Finalist in the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Coach and pianist Robert Mollicone is a first-year Adler Fellow. He was a member of
the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, where he served on music staff for the Young Artist
productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Madama Butterfly, as well as forMerola pianist Robert Mollicone Don Pasquale, Tosca, and Lucia di Lammermoor on the main stage. He completed his Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano at Boston University as a student of Shiela Kibbe. Mr. Mollicone has served as a vocal coach/pianist for Boston Lyric Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and Opera North. He was a Spectrum Resident Artist at Virginia Opera in 2009, and a participant in the Merola Opera Program in 2010. Mr. Mollicone will be working on San Francisco Opera’s productions of Magic Flute and Moby Dick this season.
Date: Tuesday, January 15
Time: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM
Location: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Fee: One punch on a Community Tuesdays punch card or $15.
  Advanced Registration is REQUIRED by January 13 by contacting Lee Strauss. Please call if you need to cancel as we have purchased lunches in advance.
Contact: Lee Strauss
(650) 234-8005