If you were to browse through a high school student's iTunes playlist, you'd be more likely to find pop hits by artists such as One Direction or Rihanna than you would arias from classic operas. But what happens when you tear students away from YouTube and Snapchat for a day to see Puccini's Tosca at the War Memorial Opera House? Find out from high school student, Kelsey Page as she describes her experience attending the Madeline H. Russell High School Day at the Opera last November. Then, check out which San Francisco Opera final dress rehearsals are open to students during this upcoming fall season!
Posted: 08/26/2013 by Kelsey Page (Atherton's Sacred Heart Prep student)


Korean Baritone, Joo Won Kang, is a second-year Adler Fellow and made his San Francisco Opera debut as the Second Priest in Mozart's The Magic Flute in 2012.   Joo Won has since been seen on the War Memorial Opera House Stage as Captain Gardiner in Heggie's Moby-Dick, Marullo in Verdi's Rigoletto, and as a Noble in Wagner's Lohengrin.  He was most recently seen as Hermann in this past summer's Tales of Hoffmann.  Prior to his Adler Fellowship, Joo Won was a member of the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera where he sang the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata and the Duke of Verona in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Joo Won will be seen this upcoming fall in the role of Figaro in 'Barber of Seville for Families' in a special English translation on November 24 and 30.     
Posted: 08/19/2013 by San Francisco Opera


With the arrival of the newest member of the British royal family, we here at San Francisco Opera decided to take a look at the members of nobility seen throughout opera to see what kind of lessons they could impart to the world's newest prince. Compiled here are a selection of lessons from twelve of our favorite operas that we think will serve the future king well.

Young prince, remember...
Posted: 07/23/2013 by San Francisco Opera


We're back on the scene with another Adler Profile: vocal coach-in-training Sun Ha Yoon.  Born in Korea, and a former student of both the Juilliard School and the University of Maryland, Sunny has had the amazing experience of coaching classics such as Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni. In the Summer of 2012, she began her work with San Francisco Opera as a member of the Merola Opera Program. While in the process of receiving her doctorate in collaborative piano at the University of Maryland, Sunny coached the Maryland Opera Studio in the world premieres of Later that Same Evening by John Musto and Shadowboxer by Frank Proto.  Her work as an Adler Fellow includes the world-premiere of Nolan Gasser's The Secret Garden and this summer's production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.
Posted: 07/15/2013 by San Francisco Opera


American soprano Maria Kanyova made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2012 as Pat Nixon in John Adams's Nixon in China. In this summer's world premiere The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Mark Adamo, Kanyova graced the War Memorial Opera House stage as Miriam—a performance the San Francisco Examiner called "outstanding."




Posted: 07/12/2013 by San Francisco Opera


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