Release date: 11/30/2011

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2012 Adler Fellows

SAN FRANCISCO (November 30, 2011)––San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the ten recipients of the 2012 Adler Fellowship. The prestigious resident artist training program has nurtured the development of more than 140 young artists since its inception.
The eight singers selected as 2012 Adler Fellows are sopranos Nadine Sierra (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Marina Boudart Harris (Whittier, CA); mezzo-sopranos Laura Krumm (Iowa City, Iowa) and Renée Rapier (Marion, Iowa); tenor Brian Jadge (Piermont, New York); baritones Ao Li (Shandong, China) and Joo Won Kang (Seoul, South Korea); and bass-baritone Ryan Kuster (Jacksonville, Illinois). Sierra, Jagde, Li and Kuster are scheduled to return as Adler Fellows. Outgoing 2011 Adler Fellows are sopranos Susannah Biller, Leah Crocetto and Sara Gartland; mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani; countertenor Ryan Belongie; tenor Daniel Montenegro; and coach and accompanist Tamara Sanikidze.
The two pianists selected for Apprentice Coach Fellowships are Robert Mollicone (East Greenwich, Rhode Island) and returning Adler Fellow David Hanlon (Arlington, Virginia). The Adler Fellow Apprentice Coaches work closely with Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies of the Opera Center, and John Churchwell, Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera. The Coaches participate in the musical activities of both San Francisco Opera and the Opera Center, and are involved in all aspects of the Adler Fellows’ training by acting as pianists for classes, playing for other master coaches as well as preparing the Adler Fellows for concerts and main-stage roles.
“As always, I am very pleased to announce our new 2012 class of Adler Fellows,” said San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald. “It is inspiring to work with such talented young artists. Helping them develop their burgeoning musical careers is truly a rewarding experience.”
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 2012 Adlers will perform a co-production of the chamber opera Love/Hate by composer Jack Perla with Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC) in San Francisco on April 12, 14 and 15. Selected Adler Fellows will also be featured in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series (at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco), which was 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. This year's concert, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, takes place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
Further details about upcoming 2012 Adler Fellow performances will be announced at a later date. Biographies of the 2012 Adler Fellows follow below.