San Francisco Opera Center

"How does it happen that all this artistic excellence is concentrated in one training program? There’s no single answer, but surely much of the credit goes to Sheri Greenawald, the San Francisco Opera Center’s tireless and visionary director. Greenawald has made the program a magnet for gifted artists worldwide…”  (San Francisco Chronicle)



Have you ever wanted to be on the ground floor of the next big thing?

San Francisco Opera Center gives you the opportunity to see some of the world's most talented young singers and pianist/apprentice coaches, united in a resident artist program right here in San Francisco.

The Opera Center’s roots trace back to artist training programs established in 1954 by Kurt Herbert Adler, the Company’s second general director. In 1982, his successor Terence A. McEwen created the San Francisco Opera Center to oversee these programs. Today, San Francisco Opera Center embodies a new era in which young artists with major operatic potential develop and flourish through intensive training, study and performance. Sheri Greenawald has served as director of San Francisco Opera Center and artistic director of the Merola Opera Program since 2002.

San Francisco Opera Center has trained and introduced many budding stars to the international opera stage and its graduates are active throughout the world as performers, production artists and teachers. The program's alumni includes Adler Fellows Patricia Racette, Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick, Brian Jagde and Mark Delavan, and Merola Opera Program graduates Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson.