Release date: 10/3/2013

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2014 Adler Fellows

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San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced the twelve recipients of the 2014 Adler Fellowship. 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. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception.
 
The ten singers selected as 2014 Adler Fellows are sopranos Erin Johnson (Washington, New Jersey), Jacqueline Piccolino (Chicago, Illinois) and Maria Valdes (Atlanta, Georgia); mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde (Valmiera, Latvia); tenors A.J. Glueckert (Portland, Oregon), Pene Pati (Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand) and Chuanyue Wang (Hei Long Jiang, China); baritones Hadleigh Adams (Palmerston, New Zealand) and Efraín Solís (Santa Ana, California); and bass-baritone Philippe Sly (Ottawa, Ontario).
 
Johnson, Piccolino, Glueckert, Wang, Adams and Sly are returning as Adler Fellows. The outgoing 2013 Adler Fellows are soprano Marina Harris, mezzo-sopranos Laura Krumm and Renée Rapier, baritone Ao Li, bass-baritone Joo Won Kang and coach and accompanist Robert Mollicone.
 
The two pianists selected for Apprentice Coach Fellowships are Noah Lindquist (Brooklyn, New York) and returning Adler Fellow Sun Ha Yoon (Seoul, South Korea). 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 they 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.
 
Adler Fellows gain valuable professional experience by participating in roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s repertory season, and also enjoy a variety of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. The 2014 Adlers will perform with the New Century Chamber Orchestra on February 11–16 in Rita by Gaetano Donizetti. Other 2014 planned performances include concerts with the Eureka Chamber Music Series (January 31), at InConcert Sierra (February 16), at the Santa Rosa Junior College Music Series (March 9) and at Music at Meyer (March 31). 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, showcasing the acclaimed 2013 Adler Fellows, takes place on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco.
 
Further details about upcoming 2014 Adler Fellow performances will be announced at a later date.