A participant in the 2017 Merola Opera Program, pianist and second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow César Cañón alternates his activity as a concert pianist with vocal coaching and conducting. He has performed in his native Colombia in addition to Brazil, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. In 2018, he was featured in the Schwabacher Recital Series performing Brahms’ Die Schöne Magelone alongside bass-baritone Christian Pursell and soprano Felicia Moore. Cañón’s collaborations encompass formats that span from piano-voice duo to full symphony orchestra. Committed to introducing audiences to Spanish and Latin American zarzuela and art song repertoire, he created and curated the University of Michigan’s “En Español: Sounds of the Hispanosphere,” a week-long festival dedicated to music of the Spanish-speaking nations of the world. At San Francisco Opera, he has been part of the music staff for productions of Cavalleria Rusticana and Tosca. He will be music director for Pocket Opera’s production of The Elixir of Love in Spring 2019.