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
It was cold in New York in February, 2008 when I flew into LaGuardia airport, but not too cold. After years of living in Lexington, KY, where I raised a son and worked on a Master’s in Vocal performance at the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, I always flew into the busiest airport of my hometown for opera auditions with the romantic head of a twenty-something professional virgin from the midwest—this, when I was anything but.
Posted: 06/17/2014 by
by Earl Hazell, (Extra Chorus, Show Boat)
Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu knows a thing or two about Alfredo Germont—the dashing young man who falls in love with, is heart-broken by, reconnects with, and ultimately loses the love of his life. He has performed La Traviata
around the world at many of the most important opera houses and opposite some of opera's most saught-after leading ladies as the fickle, beautiful and terminally ill courtesan Violetta. He returns to San Francisco Opera to perform the role with Nicole Cabell as Violetta and Vladamir Stoyanov as Giorgio Germont. What has Saimir learned from his many portrayals of Alfredo? We asked him 5 questions to find out.
Posted: 06/10/2014 by
Saimir Pirgu (Alfredo, La Traviata)
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
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
Always an exciting recital, New York Festival of Song's Steven Blier presents In the Memory Palace
this Sunday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary.
A part of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, Blier will be joined on stage by current Adler Fellows soprano Maria Valdes, mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde, tenor A.J. Glueckert and baritone Hadleigh Adams. We asked Steven to share some thoughts on the program and what exactly is a Memory Palace.
Posted: 03/28/2014 by