First year Adler Fellow Edward Nelson made his professional debut at San Francisco Opera this past weekend as Lieutenant John Buckley in the world premiere of Two Women. We look foward to hearing him in numerous, varied productions this fall: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Barber of Seville, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Learn more about this busy baritone's background, thoughts on Opera, and the activity he can't live without!

Posted: 06/15/2015 by San Francisco Opera

Second year Adler Fellow Zanda Švēde has graced the War Memorial stage countless times since she joined us last year. Originally from Latvia, Zanda has undoubtedly flourished during her time in San Francisco, and we can't wait to see her shine this Summer and Fall in our productions of La CiociaraLucia di Lammermoor, and The Magic FluteLearn more about Zanda's childhood, hobbies, and hopes for the future as she reflects upon her Adler Fellowship below! 
Posted: 04/29/2015 by San Francisco Opera

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

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