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.

Please check back here in August 2015 for updated audition information and applications for our fall 2015 National Auditions for the 2016 Merola Opera Program. 

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

If you require a letter of invitation in order to obtain a visitor visa to attend our San Francisco Opera Center Auditions, you must contact us at prior to May 1st of the year you intend to apply for an audition.