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The Adler Fellows in 2012: A Recap
This Friday, our phenomenally talented Adler Fellows will perform in their annual The Future is Now: Adler Gala Concert. Founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists-Opera Program, Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists. Under the guidance of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, the Adler Fellowship Program offers intensive individual training and roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera's main-stage season.

As the year draws to a close for our Adlers, we want to take a moment to highlight their main-stage roles in 2012, as well some of the public concerts they have participated in throughout San Francisco. The Adler Fellows truly are the rising stars of opera, and you can say “You saw them here first!”

The Magic Flute

Soprano Nadine Sierra embodied the role of Papagena (opposite Nathan Gunn as Papageno) in this summer's Jun Kaneko production of The Magic Flute. Photos by Cory Weaver.

Baritone Joo Won Kang made his San Francisco Opera debut as the Second Priest (seen here with Nathan Gunn).
Stern Grove Festival

In August, several Adler Fellows participated in our free annual concert:

Mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier

 Baritone Joo Won Kang

Mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm

Soprano Nadine Sierra and Bass-baritone Ryan Kuster

Adler Fellows Ryan Kuster, Joo Won Kang, Laura Krumm, Nadine Sierra, and Renée Rapier are joined by former Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano, and resident conductor Guiseppe Finzi for final bows.

Four of our Adlers took on main-stage roles in this fall's production of Rigoletto. Photos by Cory Weaver.

Kang took on the role of Marullo (seen below with Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto).

Bass-baritone Ryan Kuster portrayed Count Ceprano, whose wife is just one of the women the Duke of Mantua wishes to seduce.

Mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm made her San Francisco Opera debut as Countess Ceprano (seen below opposite Arturo Chacon-Cruz as the Duke of Mantua) and as a Page.

Mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier made her San Francisco Opera debut as Giovanna, house maid to Rigoletto (seen below opposite Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto and Francesco Demuro as the Duke of Mantua).

Opera in the Park

Each year, San Francisco Opera celebrates opening weekend with Opera in the Park, a free concert in Golden Gate Park featuring several Adler Fellows and principal artists from the first productions of the season.

Soprano Marina Boudart Harris

Tenor Brian Jagde

Soprano Nadine Sierra

Baritone Joo Won Kang

Eric Owens, Brian Jagde, Laura Krumm, Albina Shagimuratova, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, and Joo Won Kang

The Capulets and the Montagues

Baritone Ao Li took on the role of Lorenzo in Bellini's version of the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet (seen below opposite Joyce DiDonato as Romeo). Photos by Cory Weaver.


Baritone Joo Won Kang had an interesting role in Moby-Dick: that of Captain Gardiner, a central character to the story but one sung entirely off-stage. Kang is seen below during bows (the only time he is seen on stage!). Photos by Drew Altizer.


Bass-baritone Ryan Kuster and baritone Joo Won Kang both portrayed militaristic nobles in Wagner's timeless tale. Photos by Cory Weaver.


Tenor Brian Jagde took on a major role in this production, playing the role of the Cavaradossi in one of the casts (seen below with Patricia Racette as Tosca and Mark Delavan as Scarpia). Photos by Cory Weaver.

Baritone Ao Li portrayed Sciarrone, one of the Scarpia's cronies. Baritone Joo Won Kang portrayed a jailer, and bass-baritone Ryan Kuster portayed a jailer and, in select performances, the role of Angelotti.

Finally, while they may not be on the main-stage, our Adler Fellow coaches/pianists play a truly vital role coaching and accompanying our Adlers, in addition to assisting the music staff on many of our productions. We are fortunate to have David Hanlon, Robert Mollicone, and Sun Ha Yoon as the coaches and pianists in our 2012 Adler class.

Coaches/pianists David Hanlon and Robert Mollicone accompany baritone Ao Li at the annual Medallion Society luncheon.

Coach/pianist Robert Mollicone, soprano Marina Boudart Harris (seated), and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier visit a Bay Area classroom as part of San Francisco Opera's ARIA Education program.

Coach/pianist David Hanlon and mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier perform at the annual Bel Canto Legacy Society tea.

Coach/pianist Sun Ha Yoon accompanies mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm in a master class with Joyce DiDonato.

Coach/pianist Robert Mollicone accompanies mezzo-soprano Renée Rapier in a master class with Joyce DiDonato.

A massive congratulations to our Adler Fellows and toi toi toi for your gala concert on Friday!

Posted: 11/28/2012 11:50:52 AM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2011-12Season, 2012-13Season, Adler, JunKaneko, Lohengrin, MobyDick, Rigoletto, TheCapuletsandtheMontagues, themagicflute, Tosca, Verdi, Wagner


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