Release date: 11/11/2011

San Francisco Opera Center 2011 Adler Fellowship Season Culminates on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm at the Herbst Theatre

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SAN FRANCISCO (November 11, 2011)—San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2011 Adler Fellowship season, The Future is Now: The Adler Fellows Gala Concert, Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in the War Memorial Veterans Building. The concert showcases the acclaimed Adler Fellows from San Francisco Opera Center’s prestigious young artist training program in a gala concert of opera scenes and arias—including works by Rossini, Massenet, Donizetti, Mozart, Handel, Strauss, Berlioz, Gounod, Mascagni and Verdi—with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by San Francisco Opera Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi.
The Future is Now features 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); bass-baritone Ryan Kuster (Jacksonville, Illinois); and apprentice coaches David Hanlon (Arlington, Virginia) and Tamara Sanikidze (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia).
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 the fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s mainstage productions. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program.
Tickets and Information
Tickets for The Future is Now: The Adler Fellows Gala Concert are priced at $25 (Balcony), $40 (Orchestra Rear/Dress Circle), $50 (Box Seats), and $60 (Orchestra) and may be purchased at or by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. $15 Student Rush tickets are available on the day of the performance with valid ID (subject to availability).
Meet and mingle with the 2011 Adlers in a post-performance reception immediately following the concert in the Green Room, located in the War Memorial Veterans Building. Tickets for the reception are available for $40 by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330 (tickets for the post-performance reception are not available online).
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 2011 Adler Fellows
Giuseppe Finzi, Conductor
San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Thursday, December 1, 2011; 7:30 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
PROGRAM (subject to change):
Guillaume Tell – Rossini / Overture
La Cenerentola – Rossini / “Come un ape ne’ giorni d’Aprile”
Dandini – Ao Li
Manon – Massenet / “Instant charmant…En fermant les yeux”
Des Grieux – Daniel Montenegro
Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti / “Regnava nel silenzio”
Lucia – Nadine Sierra
Werther – Massenet / “Toute mon âme est là…Pourquoi me réveiller?”
Werther – Brian Jagde
The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart / “Tutto è disposto…Aprite un po’ quegl’occhi”
Figaro – Ryan Kuster
Maometto II – Rossini / “Giusto ciel”
Anna – Leah Crocetto
Theodora – Handel / “To thee, thou glorious son of worth”
Theodora – Susannah Biller
Didymus – Ryan Belongie
Der Rosenkavalier – Strauss / “Mir ist die Ehre”
Sophie – Nadine Sierra
Octavian – Maya Lahyani
Don Pasquale – Donizetti / “Pronta io son”
Norina – Sara Gartland
Malatesta – Ao Li
Tancredi – Rossini / “Oh patria…Tu che accendi…Di tanti palpiti”
Tancredi – Ryan Belongie
Les Troyens – Berlioz / “Je vais mourir”
Didon – Maya Lahyani
Thaïs – Massenet / “Me voilà seule…Dis-moi que je suis belle”
Thaïs – Sara Gartland
Roméo et Juliette – Gounod / “L’amour...Ah, lève-toi soleil!”
Roméo – Daniel Montenegro
Ariadne auf Naxos – Strauss / “Grossmächtige Prinzessin”
Zerbinetta – Susannah Biller
Cavalleria rusticana – Mascagni / “Mamma, quel vino è generoso”
Turiddu – Brian Jagde
Luisa Miller – Verdi / “Il padre tuo…Tu puniscimi”
Luisa – Leah Crocetto
Wurm – Ryan Kuster
Guillaume Tell – Rossini / “Tout change et grandit en ces lieux”
Mathilde – Sara Gartland
Gemmy – Leah Crocetto
Hedwige – Maya Lahyani
Arnold – Daniel Montenegro
Guillaume – Ao Li
Walter – Ryan Kuster