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


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 Steven Blier


We asked San Francisco Opera Center Musical Director Mark Morash to break down the process of creating the upcoming Schwabacher Debut Recital, About Love. Want to see first hand? Be sure to mark your calendars for this Sunday, February 23 at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Putting together a recital is a lot like putting together a meal. You look at your ingredients and try to figure out how to turn them into a delicious experience.

Posted: 02/19/2014 by Mark Morash


Latvian mezzo-soprano and new Adler Fellow Zanda Švēde has had a fascinating journey from hotelier to aspiring opera singer. Zanda studied at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, Scuola Italia in Italy, and the Tyrulean Opera Program in Austria, and has performed such roles as Endimione in Cavalli's La Calisto, María in Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires, and the title role in Massenet's Cléopâtre. She will make her San Francisco Opera debut as Flora in La Traviata this summer. You can also see Zanda in the first Schwabacher Debut Recital of 2014 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary on Sunday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. In this profile, Zanda discusses her process of preparing a role, her decision to pursue opera, and reflects upon differences of culture, both musical and otherwise, between Latvia and the United States.


Posted: 02/14/2014 by Sean Waugh


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