Named for Kurt Herbert Adler, San Francisco Opera’s legendary former general director, the Adler Fellowship Program is a multi-year performance-oriented residency for opera’s most promising young artists.
Originally founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists Opera Program, the Adler Fellowship is one of the world’s most prestigious programs for advanced training. The program offers intensive individual coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities to young singers and pianists. Adler Fellows, selected from artists participating in the Merola Opera Program, also gain valuable experience by performing supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s mainstage productions.
The program has launched the careers of many of the artists performing on our stage and on stages around the world. A short list of Adler Fellowship alumni includes sopranos Leah Crocetto, Heidi Melton, Patricia Racette, Ruth Ann Swenson, Elza Van den Heever and Deborah Voigt; mezzo-sopranos Zheng Cao, Kendall Gladden, Daniela Mack and Dolora Zajick; countertenors Brian Asawa, Ryan Belongie and Gerald Thompson; tenors Brian Jagde, Sean Panikkar, Alek Shrader and Noah Stewart; baritones Eugene Brancoveanu, Mark Delavan and Lucas Meachem; bass-baritones John Relyea, Philip Skinner and Daniel Sumegi; and basses Magnus Baldvinsson, Kenneth Kellogg and Dale Travis. Look out for the talented Adler Fellows and alumni appearing on the War Memorial Opera House stage and in your town!