Release date: 4/8/2014

2014 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Conclude on Sunday, April 27 with Tenor Darren Pene Pati and Pianist Sun Ha Yoon

Presented by San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program



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SAN FRANCISCO (April 8, 2014)—San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program conclude the 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary with New Zealand tenor Darren Pene Pati and pianist Sun Ha Yoon. They will present a program of recital favorites including works by Richard Strauss, Roger Quilter and Paolo Tosti, as well as a selection of songs from Pati’s native Samoa, for which he will accompany himself on guitar.  
 
Darren Pene Pati is an alumnus of the 2013 Merola Opera Program where he performed selections as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title roles of L’Amico Fritz, Candide and Don Carlo. The Samoan tenor’s other recent performances include Elvino in La Sonnambula with the Auckland Opera Studio and appearances with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Hamilton Civic Choir. The young tenor has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Richard Bonynge & Joan Sutherland Bel Canto Award, the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Award, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Award, and the Performing Arts Competition Society “New Zealand Young Performer of the Year” award. Pati, along with his brother Amitai Pati and cousin Moses Mackay, comprise the Samoan New Zealand vocal trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music. In 2013 SOL3 MIO released their first self-titled album with Universal Records and have recently completed their first national tour of New Zealand.
 
The Schwabacher Debut Recitals are endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher and sponsored by the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust. A celebrated Bay Area singer, recitalist, scholar and teacher, James Schwabacher was a co-founder of the Merola Opera Program.  The Schwabacher Debut Recitals have introduced the artistry of internationally acclaimed artists, including Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. The recitals provide an opportunity to hear a wealth of song literature ranging from Baroque masterpieces and Romantic-era classics to newly commissioned works performed by up-and-coming young singers.
 
Tickets & Information
 All performances take place at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco). Tickets for the Schwabacher Debut Recitals are $25.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office (Mon. 10 am-5 pm, Tues.–Sat. 10 am-6 pm) at (415) 864-3330. Student Rush tickets are available for $15 at Temple Emanu-El 30 minutes prior to each recital (limit of two tickets per person; valid ID is required; subject to availability).  Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change.
 
2014 Schwabacher Debut Recitals
Presented by San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program
Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary
2 Lake Street, San Francisco
 
Sunday, April 27, 5:30 p.m.
Darren Pene Pati, tenor
Sun Ha Yoon, piano
Performing works by recital favorites including Roger Quilter, Richard Strauss and Paolo Tosti, as well as a selection of songs from Pati’s native Samoa, for which he will accompany himself on guitar.
 
 
About the Artists
 
Samoan New Zealander DARREN PENE PATI is an alumnus of the 2013 Merola Opera Program. The tenor’s recent performances include Elvino (La Sonnambula) with the Auckland Opera Studio and appearances with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the Hamilton Civic Choir.  Pati has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Richard Bonynge & Joan Sutherland Bel Canto Award, the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Award, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Award, the Performing Arts Competition Society “New Zealand Young Performer of the Year” award, the inaugural Iosefa Enari Memorial scholarship from Creative New Zealand, the Seamus Casey Memorial Award, and the Pears Britten and Marie d’Albini awards from the University of Auckland. Pati is also a member of the successful Samoan New Zealand trio SOL3 MIO, which mixes both classical and contemporary music. In 2013 SOL3 MIO, comprised of Pene Pati, his brother Amitai Pati and cousin Moses Mackay released their first self-titled album with Universal Records and recently completed their first national tour in New Zealand with sold-out performances.

Pianist and vocal coach SUN HA YOON is a second-year Adler Fellow hailing from Seoul, South Korea. In the summer of 2012 she was participant in the Merola Opera Program. Prior, she was a vocal piano fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where she coached Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Giovanni. In January of 2012, she collaborated with soprano Megan Hart in a duo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues series. Yoon recently graduated with a doctorate in collaborative piano performance from the University of Maryland and worked as a coach for the Maryland Opera Studio in two world premiere performances: Later the Same Evening by John Musto and Shadowboxer by Frank Proto.
 
 
About San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program

San Francisco Opera Center was created in 1982 by then-General Director Terence A. McEwen to oversee the operation and administration of the education and training programs initiated by Kurt Herbert Adler in 1954. Providing a coordinated sequence of performance and study opportunities for young artists, San Francisco Opera Center represents a new era in which young artists of major operatic potential can develop through intensive training and performance, under the aegis of a major international opera company. Now under the guidance of its fourth director, Sheri Greenawald, and San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley, the Opera Center has trained and introduced many young stars from around the world to the international opera stage through its resident artist programs.

One of the oldest and most acclaimed training programs of its kind, the Merola Opera Program for aspiring opera professionals offers up-and-coming singers, coach-accompanists and stage directors the opportunity of intense study and performance during an eleven-week summer program. Named for San Francisco Opera’s first general director, Gaetano Merola, the program began during the 1954–55 Season and established its full training program in 1957. Alumni of the program include Joyce DiDonato, Sylvia McNair, Anna Netrebko, Patricia Racette, Ruth Ann Swenson, Carol Vaness, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Dolora Zajick, Brian Asawa, Thomas Hampson, Rolando Villazón, and Patrick Summers. An independent non-profit organization, the Merola Opera Program operates in collaboration with San Francisco Opera Center and San Francisco Opera.

Initially founded as the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists program in 1977, the Adler Fellowship Program is one of the nation’s most prestigious performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists. Each year, Adler Fellows are sponsored by individual donors to help cover the cost of their fellowship, and sponsors affiliated with the Adler Program have the opportunity to attend private studio classes with the Fellows and develop nurturing relationships with them. Alumni from the Adler Fellowship Program include sopranos Jane Archibald, Leah Crocetto, Heidi Melton, Patricia Racette, Nadine Sierra, Ruth Ann Swenson, Elza van den Heever, and Deborah Voigt; mezzo-sopranos Kendall Gladden, Daveda Karanas, Daniella Mack, and Dolora Zajick; countertenors Brian Asawa and Gerald Thompson; tenors Brian Jagde, Sean Pannikar, Alex Shrader and Noah Stewart; baritones Mark Delavan and Lucas Meachem; and bass-baritone John Relyea.

For more information on the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program, visit sfopera.com and merola.org.
 
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San Francisco Opera Communications
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