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National Auditions

National Auditions for the San Francisco Opera Center including the Merola Opera Program and Adler Fellowship Program.

San Francisco Opera Center, Sheri Greenawald, Director, under the auspices of the internationally renowned San Francisco Opera, David Gockley, General Director, and Nicola Luisotti, Music Director, offers a continuing sequence of performance and career development opportunities for the best young professional singers, coaches, and stage directors

Successful auditionees are invited to participate in the Merola Opera Program, a summer program of performance and study. The Adler Fellowship Program is a renewable yearlong residency offered to selected singers and coaches who have completed the Merola Opera Program. Additionally, selected artists may be offered contracts for a debut recital with the Opera Center’s Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. This series, endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of celebrated Bay Area singer, scholar, and teacher James Schwabacher, takes place each spring at a San Francisco venue.

Each summer, the Merola Opera Program provides intensive training for selected singers, coaches, and stage directors. Participants receive classes in acting, languages, and stage movement, as well as individual coaching and master classes with international artists and directors. Two opera productions, a staged scenes program with orchestra, and concert with orchestra will be presented. For five years after leaving Merola, alumni may be eligible, with Merola's approval, to receive up to a total of $12,000 in career grants, with a maximum of $6,000 in any single year.

2015 Merola Opera Program performances will include:

Gian Carlo Menotti’s THE MEDIUM and Giacomo Puccini’s GIANNI SCHICCHI

Gaetano Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE

SCENES PROGRAM with orchestra
Open to all voice types Repertoire will be chosen to showcase these artists All scenes staged

MEROLA GRAND FINALE
A concert with all artists performed with orchestra

Every singer will be cast in an opera or the scenes program.

Regional auditions in 2014:

PRELIMINARY
AUDITIONS

FINALS
ONLY

APPLICATION
DEADLINE

San Francisco

10/13*

10/13

9/15/2014

San Francisco

10/14

10/15

9/15/2014

Houston

10/18

10/19

9/19/2014

Chicago

10/21, 22 (10/23 AC & AD**)

10/23, 24

9/23/2014

New York

11/6, 7, 8 – AC & AD only**

N/A

10/6/2014

New York

11/10, 11, 12

11/13

10/6/2014

New York

11/14, 15

11/16

10/6/2014

New York

11/19, 20

11/21

10/6/2014

*San Francisco 10/13: Singer preliminary & final auditions on the same day; priority for this date will be given to auditionees traveling by air.

**Apprentice Coach (AC) single auditions & Apprentice Stage Director (AD) single interviews only –

Chicago: morning of 10/23; New York: 11/6, 7, 8 only. 

 

The 2015 Merola Opera Program will take place at San Francisco Opera from June 8 through August 23, 2015 (apprentice coaches and apprentice stage director will start on June 1); singers, coaches, and stage directors may apply.

 

San Francisco Opera Center uses a YAP Tracker application for all submissions. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account. Guest accounts are available; please see YAP Tracker’s Website for details: www.yaptracker.com
 
Please review the appropriate YAP Tracker listings as follows:

Singer: http://www.yaptracker.com/opportunities/detail/?id=1730715

 

Coach: http://www.yaptracker.com/opportunities/detail/?id=1730714

 

Director: http://www.yaptracker.com/opportunities/detail/?id=1730713

 

(Applicants may sign up for guest accounts by clicking the corresponding link in the right hand side bar on the YAP Tracker Webpage.)
YAP Tracker registration page: 
http://www.yaptracker.com/register
You may also access the YAP Tracker online application process section: 
http://www.yaptracker.com/more/help/online-application-process/
For questions concerning the YAP Tracker application process, please contact: 
help@yaptracker.com. 

For questions regarding the San Francisco Opera Center National Auditions, please contact: merolaauditions@sfopera.com or (415) 565-3277.