Release date: 2/7/2011

2011 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Continue with Eugene Chan on March 6

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SAN FRANCISCO (February, 7 2011)– San Francisco Opera Center continues the 29th season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. with baritone Eugene Chan performing works by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Medtner, as well as a collection of American songs. Eugene Chan will be accompanied by San Francisco Opera music staff member and pianist John Churchwell.
 
A 2008 Merola alumnus, Eugene Chan made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2007 as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. He recently made his European debut as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in Basel, Switzerland. He returned to Theater Basel for the 2010–11 season to perform Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and Count Almaviva. He has performed at Opera Theater of St. Louis, Shanghai National Grand Theater, Sacramento Opera, Music Academy of the West, and Opera Santa Barbara. An avid recitalist, Mr. Chan made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, and that same year was a featured soloist at the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic
 
Eugene Chan returns to San Francisco on March 6 for an eclectic evening of music, beginning with Schumann's song cycle Dichterliebe Op. 48, followed by a collection of Russian romances by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Medtner. The recital will conclude with a compilation of American songs.
 
The Schwabacher Debut Recitals have been endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher.  A celebrated Bay Area singer, recitalist, scholar and teacher, Schwabacher was a co-founder of the Merola Opera Program. The Schwabacher Debut Recitals have introduced the artistry of many 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, performed by gifted young artists in an intimate setting. 
 
Tickets & Information
 
All performances take place at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco). Tickets for the Schwabacher Debut Recitals are $25. 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.