Jim Meyer


Jim MeyerChorus and Dance Manager was the recipient of the San Francisco Opera Medal in December 2016 on his retirement, after 43 years, from the San Francisco Opera Regular Chorus.  Jim moved to San Francisco in 1972, after vocal studies in New York with Lawrence Stayer and Eleanor Steber.  His invitation to audition for the Opera Chorus came in 1974, while he was in his first season with the newly-formed San Francisco Symphony Chorus.  Among the roles he has performed at San Francisco Opera are M. Javelinot (The Dialogues of the Carmelites), A Sailor (Billy Budd), A Gondolier (La Gioconda), and Isaac (Falstaff).  Other solo roles have included Second Judge (La Perichole) twice, and The 4th Prisoner (The Good Soldier Schweik), both with Spring Opera Theater, and Dr. Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro) with Navato Opera. In 1988 Chorus Master Ian Robertson invited him to create the position of Chorus Manager for San Francisco Opera - the first such position with in the United States.  Since 1990 he has been both Chorus and Dance Manager for San Francisco Opera, and now sings as a member of the San Francisco Opera Extra Chorus.