Release date: 2/2/2010

San Francisco Opera Center Presents the 2010 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series

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SAN FRANCISCO (February 2, 2010)–San Francisco Opera Center presents the 28th season of the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series, on February 21, March 28 and April 18 at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco).  The annual Schwabacher Debut Recital Series presents recitals by artists who have participated in the programs of the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program and offers Bay Area audiences the unique opportunity to hear gifted young singers in an intimate setting.
The 2010 Series begins on Sunday, February 21, 2009, with Merola Opera Program alumni tenor Eleazar Rodriguez and baritone Michael Sumuel. Rodriguez, a San Francisco Conservatory of Music student originally from Piedras Negras, Mexico, appeared as Federico in Merola’s 2009 production of Pietro Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz and also performed the role of Lindoro in scenes from Gioachino Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. A native of Odessa, Texas, Michael Sumuel is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and appeared with Merola Opera Program in scenes from Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium (Mr. Gobineau) and Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème (Schaunard) and covered the role of Guglielmo in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Eleazar Rodriguez will perform a selection of songs by Henri Duparc, Charles Gounod and Ottorino Respighi as well as Poema en forma de canciones, a song cycle by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina. Sumuel will perform Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis as well as three English songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Michael Head and Gerald Finzi. Together the duo will sing three duets by Schumann, Gounod and Manuel Fernández Caballero. The recital will be accompanied by San Francisco Opera Center Director of Musical Studies Mark Morash.
The series continues on Sunday, March 28 with Adler Fellow pianist and apprentice coach Allen Perriello performing Hugo Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch with current Adler Fellows soprano Susannah Biller and baritone Austin Kness. The final recital of the series on Sunday, April 18 will feature soprano Leah Crocetto, a current Adler Fellow, who will sing popular works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and the Gershwins. Crocetto will also be accompanied by Mark Morash.
The Schwabacher Debut Recital Series has been endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher. A celebrated Bay Area singer, recitalist, scholar and teacher, James Schwabacher is a co-founder of the Merola Opera Program. The Schwabacher Debut Recital Series has introduced the artistry of world-renowned opera singers, including Susan Graham, Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Brian Asawa and Thomas Hampson. The recitals offer a rare opportunity to hear a wealth of song literature ranging from baroque masterpieces and Romantic-era classics to newly commissioned works. 
 
Tickets & Information
 
All performances take place at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco). Single tickets for the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series are $25; a three-recital subscription is $60. Tickets may be purchased by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office (Mon. 10 am-5 pm, Tues.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm) at (415) 864-3330. Student Rush tickets are available for $10 at Temple Emanu-El 30 minutes prior to each recital (limit of two tickets per person; valid ID is required), subject to availability. 
 
 
Program 1: Sun. February 21, 5:30 pm
Eleazar Rodriguez, tenor
Michael Sumuel, baritone
Mark Morash, piano
Eleazar Rodriguez and Michael Sumuel, two 2009 Merola Opera Program alumni, perform a recital of favorites by Respighi, Schumann and Tosti; the duo will be accompanied by San Francisco Opera Center Director of Musical Studies Mark Morash.
 
Program 2: Sun. March 28, 5:30 pm
Pianist Allen Perriello presents Hugo Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch
Susannah Biller, soprano
Austin Kness, baritone
Pianist Allen Perriello presents Hugo Wolf’s song cycle Spanisches Liederbuch featuring Adler Fellows Susannah Biller and Austin Kness.
 
Program 3: Sun. April 18, 5:30 pm
Leah Crocetto, soprano
Mark Morash, piano
Adler Fellow Leah Crocetto sings popular works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and the Gershwins; Crocetto will be accompanied by Mark Morash.