Release date: 11/15/2010

San Francisco Opera Center Presents The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert

2010 Adler Fellowship Season Culminates December 1 at the Herbst Theater


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SAN FRANCISCO (November 15, 2010)—San Francisco Opera Center presents the final Adler Fellowship concert of the 2010 season, The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in the War Memorial Veterans Building. The concert showcases the talented young artists from San Francisco Opera Center’s prestigious young artist training program in a gala concert of opera scenes and arias, including works by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet, among others. The concert is conducted by San Francisco Opera Center Director of Musical Studies Mark Morash.
The Future is Now features sopranos Susannah Biller (Georgetown, Tennessee), Leah Crocetto (Adrian, Michigan) and Sara Gartland (Saint Paul, Minnesota); mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani (Hod-HaSharon, Israel); countertenor Ryan Belongie (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin); tenors Brian Jagde (Piermont, New York) and David Lomelí (Monterrey, Mexico); baritone Austin Kness (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); and apprentice coaches Tamara Sanikidze (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) and Allen Perriello (Gibsonia, Pennsylvania).
Outgoing 2010 Adler Fellows are tenor David Lomelí, baritone Austin Kness and Apprentice Coach Allen Perriello. Ryan Belongie, Susannah Biller, Leah Crocetto, Sara Gartland, Brian Jagde, Maya Lahyani, and Tamara Sanikidze have received 2011 Adler Fellowships and will begin an additional year in the program beginning January 2011.
Named for former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler, the Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering 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 supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage productions. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program.
Ticket and Transportation Information
Tickets for The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert are priced at $25 (Balcony), $40 (Orchestra Rear/Dress Circle), $50 (Box Seats), and $60 (Orchestra) and may be purchased by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am – 6 pm) at (415) 864-3330.
There will be a post-performance reception with all of the artists in the Green Room, located in the War Memorial Veterans Building. Tickets for the reception are available for $40.
The Herbst Theatre is located in the War Memorial Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister Street. The War Memorial Veterans Building is within walking distance of the Civic Center BART station and near numerous bus lines, including 5, 21, 47, 49 and the F Market Street. For more public transportation information, visit and
Featuring the 2010 Adler Fellows
Mark Morash, Conductor
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Wednesday, December 1, 2010; 7:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Repertoire Not Listed in Order and Subject to Change
The Maid of Orleans, Tchaikovsky
“Da, chas nastal!...Prastite vi
Joan – Maya Lahyani
La Traviata, Verdi
“È strano…Ah, fors’è lui…Sempre libera”
Violetta – Leah Crocetto
Alfredo – David Lomelí
Hamlet, Thomas
Scène et Air d’Ophélie
Ophélie – Susannah Biller
Tosca, Puccini
“E lucevan le stele”
Cavaradossi – Brian Jagde
Mitridate, Mozart
“Venga pur, minacci e frema”
Farnace – Ryan Belongie
Falstaff, Verdi
“È sogno, o realtà?”
Ford – Austin Kness
I Puritani, Bellini
“Ah rendetemi la speme…Qui la voce”
Elvira – Sara Gartland
Turandot, Puccini
“Nessun dorma”
Calaf – David Lomelí
Carmen, Bizet
Final Scene
Carmen – Maya Lahyani
Don José – Brian Jagde
Guillaume Tell, Rossini
“Ma presence pour vous…Oui, vous l’arrachez à mon âme”
Mathilde – Leah Crocetto
Arnold – David Lomelí
Rodelinda, Handel
“Io t’abbraccio”           
Rodelinda – Susannah Biller
Bertarido – Ryan Belongie
Thaïs, Massenet
“Étranger, te voilà comme tu l’avais dit”
Thaïs – Sara Gartland
Athanaël – Austin Kness
Nicias – Brian Jagde
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