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Opera & Ornaments: Merola Holiday Concerts


Start your holidays with these annual concerts, perfect for the whole family! Each 45 minute program features renowned Merola Opera Program and San Francisco Opera alums performing opera, classical and holiday selections.

Monday, December 8th | 7 pm
Foster City Library - 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Admission is free
Sponsored by the Foster City Islander
Featuring Kristin Clayton (Merola 1993), soprano, and Bojan Knezevic (Merola 1993), bass-baritone, accompanied by Bryndon Hassman (Merola 1989, 1990).

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.
Sponsored by Diablo Magazine
Featuring Eugene Brancoveanu (Merola 2004), bass-baritone, accompanied by Sun Ha Yoon (Merola 2012).

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.

Sunday, March 22nd at 1 pm
Manon
Jules Massenet
Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996), Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998)
Directed by Vincent Paterson Staatskapelle Berlin

Two brilliant Merola alumni, Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Rolando Villazón (Merola 1998), shine in this lyrical, passionate love story. Sheltered Manon Lescaut is on her way to a convent when she falls madly in love. This operatic masterwork takes you to the splendors of Paris to the desolation of a Louisiana swamp, all set to Massenet's ravishing score.

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