Adler Fellowship Program

“The singers in the top tier of [San Francisco Opera’s] training program keep getting stronger and more talented, and their increased presence on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House is all for the good.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

Founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists Opera Program, Adler Fellowships are two-year performance-oriented residencies for classical music’s most promising young artists. This internationally acclaimed training program has launched the careers of many of the artists working on and off stage this season. The Program operates under the auspices of San Francisco Opera Center led by San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald.
Former Adler Fellows include sopranos Jane Archibald, Susannah Biller, Leah Crocetto, Heidi Melton, Melody Moore, Patricia Racette, Nadine Sierra, Ruth Ann Swenson, Elza Van den Heever and Deborah Voigt; mezzo-sopranos Zheng Cao*, Kendall Gladden, Daveda Karanas, Maya Lahyani, Daniela Mack, Renée Tatum and Dolora Zajick; countertenors Brian Asawa, Ryan Belongie and Gerald Thompson; tenors Andrew Bidlack, Brian Jagde, David Lomelí, Daniel Montenegro, Matthew O’Neill, Sean Panikkar, Alek Shrader and Noah Stewart; baritones Eugene Brancoveanu, Alfredo Daza, Mark Delavan, Austin Kness, Lucas Meachem and James Westman; bass-baritones Joshua Bloom, Ryan Kuster, John Relyea, Philip Skinner and Daniel Sumegi; and basses John Ames, Magnus Baldvinsson, Kenneth Kellogg and Dale Travis.

For a complete list of alumni from the Adler Fellowship Program, visit Adler Alumni.

Support the Program

Become an Adler Sponsor or Friend of the Adlers.

The experience and education Adler Fellows receive are invaluable assets in their professional career development. The generosity of our sponsors makes it possible for San Francisco Opera to continue nurturing the opera stars of tomorrow.


For more information about how to support the Adler Fellowship Program, visit Adler Sponsorship.

Click on the image below to watch a video about the Adler Fellowship Program.

2015 Adler Fellows

Julie Adams
Jacqueline Piccolino
Maria Valdes

Zanda Švēde
Nian Wang

Chong Wang

Edward Nelson
Efraín Solís

Matthew Stump

Anthony Reed

Ronny Michael Greenberg
Noah Lindquist

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