2014 Calendar

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Merola Plus Music Trivia Night


Rossini, Martinis and little night music
Wednesday, October 29th 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Sugar Lounge | 377 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Admission is free with advance RSVP


Break out your inner music nerd with a fun night of music trivia! Answer questions at all skill levels about opera and musical theatre to win prizes. We'll also have special, live singing clues provided by Renée Rapier, 2010, 2011 Merola Opera Program artist, who has performed with LA Opera, Seattle Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among others.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials send this music trivia night to the top of the charts!

Admission is free with advance reservation to Kelly Sepich at KSepich @ SFOpera.com.

Merola Plus is the new, exciting young professionals program of the Merola Opera Program, which gives you a chance to network and meet new friends and opera lovers in a fun, relaxed environment.

CD Release Celebration with Merola alum Brian Asawa


Friday, November 7th, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Salle Pianos
1632 C Market St (behind Zuni Café)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Admission is free with advance registration

Join Merola and Lieder Alive! for a festive evening celebrating the release of Spirits of the Air, the new CD by Merola 1991 artist and former SF Opera Adler Fellow Brian Asawa and collaborator mezzo-soprano Diana Tash.

Meet the performers and get an autographed copy (available at a special price) while enjoying complimentary wine and nibbles. A question and answer session will give you insights into their new work, which features a collection of baroque arias and selections. Meet Brian on our blog interview here.

Admission is free with advance reservation to Miriam Rosenfeld at MRosenfeld @ SFOpera.com or 415.565.6427.

Opera & Ornaments: Merola Holiday Concerts


Monday, December 8th | 7 pm
Foster City Library - 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Admission is free

Saturday, December 13th | 2 pm
Lafayette Library - 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
Admission: $10 | Proceeds support the Lafayette Library
For tickets, click here or call 925-283-6513 x103.

Start the season with Opera & Ornaments: A Merola Opera Program Holiday Concert. Each 45 minute program features renowned Merola Opera Program and San Francisco Opera alums performing opera, classical and holiday selections.

On Monday, December 8th at the Foster City Library: Kristin Clayton (Merola 1993), soprano, and Bojan Knezevic (Merola 1993), bass-baritone, accompanied by Bryndon Hassman (Merola 1989, 1990) on piano.

On Saturday, December 13th at the Lafayette Library: Eugene Brancoveanu (Merola 2004), bass-baritone.

Merola Goes to the Movies


Various dates
San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street) | Koret Auditorium
Admission is free | Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm.


See legendary operas captured on film. Merola Goes to the Movies brings opera master works to the silver screen for free. All screenings take place at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch in the beautiful Koret Auditorium. A pre-screening talk by a Merola representative gives you fascinating insights about the opera. You can enter a free drawing to win great prizes.

We are pleased to welcome a new partner and the primary film provider for Merola Goes to the Movies - Unitel Classica, one of the world's leading producers and distributors of classical music for audiovisual media.

For more information, contact Merola at 415.565.6427 or mop@SFOpera.com.

Sunday, January 25th at 1 pm
Don Giovanni
W.A. Mozart
Starring Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980), Christine Schäfer, Melanie Diener, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Isabel Bayrakdarian
Directed by Martin Kusej | Vienna Philharmonic

With more than 2,000 romantic conquests, Don Giovanni lives life in the fast lane until a mysterious meeting with a statue begins his downward spiral. From overture to epilogue, this opera is considered by many to be Mozart’s greatest work, filled with sweeping melodies and a stirring finale that will leave you trapped between heaven and hell. Merola alum Thomas Hampson (Merola 1980) leads a stellar cast.

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