Release date: 9/13/2010

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2011 Adler Fellows

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SAN FRANCISCO (September 13, 2010)––San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the twelve recipients of the 2011 Adler Fellowship. The prestigious resident artist training program has nurtured the development of more than 140 young artists since its inception.
The ten singers selected as 2011 Adler Fellows are sopranos Susannah Biller (Georgetown, Tennessee), Leah Crocetto (Adrian, Michigan), Sara Gartland (Saint Paul, Minnesota), and Nadine Sierra (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani (Hod-HaSharon, Israel); countertenor Ryan Belongie (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin); tenors Brian Jagde (Piermont, New York) and Daniel Montenegro (Santa Ana, California); baritone Ao Li (Shandong, China); and bass-baritone Ryan Kuster (Jacksonville, Illinois). Belongie, Biller, Crocetto, Gartland, Jadge and Lahyani are scheduled to return as Adler Fellows. Outgoing 2010 Adler Fellows are tenor David Lomelí, baritone Austin Kness and Apprentice Coach Allen Perriello.
The two pianists selected for Apprentice Coach Fellowships are David Hanlon (Arlington, Virginia) and returning Adler Fellow Tamara Sanikidze (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia). The Adler Fellow Apprentice Coaches, working closely with Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies of the Opera Center, and John Parr, Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera, participate in the musical activities of both San Francisco Opera and the Opera Center. Coaches are involved in all aspects of the Adler Fellows’ training by acting as pianists for classes, playing for other master coaches and preparing the Adler Fellows for concerts and main-stage roles.
“As always, I am very pleased to announce our new class of Adler Fellows,” says San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald. “It is inspiring and rewarding to work with such talented young artists in a concentrated environment and to be involved in the development of their burgeoning musical careers.”
The Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage season. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program.
In addition to performances on the main stage of the War Memorial Opera House, Adler Fellows enjoy a variety of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. The 2011 Adlers will perform a fully staged double bill of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Santa Barbara on April 8 and 12 and a concert of opera highlights with the Napa Valley Symphony on April 17, among other performances in the Bay Area. Selected Adler Fellows will also be featured in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series (at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco), created to spotlight artists who have participated in the programs of the San Francisco Opera Center.
The Adler Fellows’ season culminates with a special year-end concert featuring the singers in an evening of opera scenes and arias with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. The 2010 The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert showcasing the acclaimed 2010 Adler Fellows in concert with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, takes place on December 1, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.