Each year our stage is graced with superb operatic talent, but this season offers something completely new, thanks to the generosity of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem: our first-ever Emerging Star of the Year Competition and Award.  Established through a renewed multi-year, multi-million dollar gift from the Shrems, the Emerging Stars Fund is supporting the appearance of eleven exciting young voices on our stage throughout the 2015–16 Season. You’ve seen and  heard many of them already: Leah Crocetto and Michael Fabiano in Luisa Miller; Brian Mulligan and Heidi Stober in Sweeney Todd; Nadine Sierra in The Magic Flute; Alek Shrader and Sasha Cooke in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; and Daniela Mack and Lucas Meachem in The Barber of Seville.  This summer, Brian Jagde appears as Don José in Carmen, and Malin Byström takes on the title role in Jenůfa.

You have a role this season too! Help us choose the 2016 Emerging Star of the Year. Voting runs through July 3. Visit our Emerging Stars page to see performance clips of each artist, and cast your vote for your favorite. Don’t worry if you can’t decide—you can vote for a different artist every day! After voting closes, a special panel including the Shrems, General Director David Gockley, Director of Artistic and Music Planning Gregory Henkel, and other resident experts will announce the first Emerging Star of the Year.  In addition to the recognition, the winner will be awarded a cash prize.

Every one of these talents is a rising star. Vote early, and often!

Edit: 2016 Emerging Star of the Year Named

San Francisco Opera is pleased to announce Lucas Meachem as winner of San Francisco Opera’s first annual Emerging Star of the Year competition.  The American baritone, who performed the role of Figaro in The Barber of Seville in Fall 2015, was named San Francisco Opera’s 2016 Emerging Star of the Year, based on a popular vote conducted online and through social media.  Meachem was one of eleven artists featured during the 2015-16 season, with support from the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Emerging Stars Fund.  Along with the title, he will receive a cash prize from the Shrems.

Over 15,000 ballots were cast during the competition, which ran from June 22 through July 3.  Thanks to all of you who participated!