Julie Adams may be a first year Adler Fellow, but she is no stranger to San Francisco. Julie first came to SF for her undergradute degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and never left, except to pursue further education at prestigious programs like Music Academy of the West and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Julie's hard work is paying off: she was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner in 2014, she made her SFOpera debut as Mimì in La Bohème for Families last fall, and she recently presented her Schwabacher Debut Recital. We are sure this is just the beginning for this already acclaimed soprano!
Posted: 04/07/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Matthew Stump is a first year Adler Fellow from Goshen, Indiana. He holds a Bachelors degree from Luther College, and also studied at the University of North Texas before joining San Francisco Opera. Learn more about Matthew's hobbies, aspirations, and his insights regarding the opera industry, as well as some sincere advice for young singers. Catch Matthew singing with fellow Adler Fellows Jacqueline Piccolino, Zanda Svede, and Chong Wang in a Schwabacher Debut Recital on March 15th with renowned coach and pianist, Martin Katz. 


Posted: 02/16/2015 by San Francisco Opera


The latest crop of talented young artists from all over the world recently joined us here in San Francisco for our interationally acclaimed training program. Over the next few months, we will be profiling each one of our Adler Fellows here at "Backstage at San Francisco Opera." But first, you can get a sneak peek of the high level of talent this year's artists will bring to the main stage and throughout the Bay Area. 
Posted: 02/02/2015 by San Francisco Opera


Soprano MARIA VALDES is a first-year Adler Fellow who recently appeared as Susanna in Merola Opera Program’s 2013 production of The Marriage of Figaro, and covered the role of Magnolia in SFO’s summer 2014 production of Show Boat. An award-winner in the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Valdes is also the winner of the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has been heard in concert with ensembles including the Georgia State University Singers, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, the choirs of Emory University, Bent Frequency, and the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington. Valdes will make her San Francisco Opera debut this fall singing the role of Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Posted: 07/31/2014 by San Francisco Opera


Mexican-American baritone Efraín Solís is a first-year Adler Fellow who has been seen in performances throughout the Bay Area. In the 2013 Merola Opera Program, he sang Junius in The Rape of Lucretia and covered the Count in The Marriage of Figaro. As a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he performed the title role of Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and the title role of Gianni Schicchi and in the spring of 2013 he joined Opera Santa Barbara as a member of their Studio Artist Program. Chosen as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2013 Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition, he will make his San Francisco Opera debut as Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly, and can be seen in A Masked Ball and Tosca in the 2014-15 Season. Below, Efraín discusses his education in San Francisco, musical family, and love of artisanal coffee.

Posted: 04/28/2014 by San Francisco Opera


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