Release date: 3/5/2013

The 2013 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Presented by San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program

31st Season features bass-baritone Philippe Sly, April 7; New York Festival of Song’s Steven Blier with Marina Harris, Laura Krumm, A.J. Glueckert and Hadleigh Adams, April 21;Mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko and tenor Theo Lebow, May 5

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San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 31st season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on April 7, 21 and May 5, 2013 at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco.  The annual series showcases artists who have participated in the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera programs and offers Bay Area audiences the unique opportunity to hear gifted young singers perform a varied and eclectic range of song literature in the intimate setting of the Martin Meyer Sanctuary.
 
The 2013 Schwabacher Debut Recitals begin on Sunday, April 7 at 5:30pm with Merola Opera Program alumnus and first-year Adler Fellow bass-baritone Philippe Sly performing works by Duparc, Ravel, Ropartz, Schubert and Mahler.  Sly, who recently made his San Francisco Opera debut as Archibald Craven in the world premiere of Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s The Secret Garden and will sing the role of Guglielmo in this summer’s Così fan tutte, will be accompanied by Adler Fellow and Merola graduate Sun Ha Yoon.
 
The series continues on Sunday, April 21 at 5:30pm with New York Festival of Song Artistic Director Steven Blier presenting From Bel Canto to Can Belto: Songs by Italians and Italian-Americans.  Performing with Blier will be current Adler Fellows Marina Harris (soprano), Laura Krumm (mezzo-soprano), A.J. Glueckert (tenor) and Hadleigh Adams (bass-baritone) in a selection of songs by Italian masters.
 
The 2013 Schwabacher Debut Recitals conclude on Sunday, May 5 at 5:30pm with Merola Opera Program alumni mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko and tenor Theo Lebow, accompanied by current Adler Fellow Robert Mollicone.  The program will feature an eclectic collection of songs by Tchaikovsky, Britten and selections from Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs.
 
The Schwabacher Debut Recitals are endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher and are 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, Brian Asawa 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.

All performances take place at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco).  Single tickets for the Schwabacher Debut Recitals are $25; a three-recital subscription is $50.  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.