San Francisco Opera Center Presents The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert December 8, 2018 at Herbst Theatre

Release date: 11/16/2018    


2018 Adler Fellows Featured with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra Conducted by Christopher Franklin

Adler Fellows Concert 2018.pdf  Photos Available

San Francisco Opera Center presents the 2018 class of Adler Fellows in their final concert of the year, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Concert, on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Herbst Theatre. Christopher Franklin conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and eight Adler Fellow singers in opera scenes, arias and duets with stage direction by Adler Fellow director Aria Umezawa and musical preparation by Adler Fellow apprentice coaches John Elam and César Cañón.

The Future Is Now will feature sopranos Sarah Cambidge and Natalie Image; mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon; countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen; tenors Amitai Pati and Kyle van Schoonhoven; baritone Andrew Manea; and bass-baritone Christian Pursell. Highlights of the program include music from Bellini’s I Puritani, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and L’Assedio di Calais, Rossini’s Tancredi, Richard Strauss’ Die Ägyptische Helena, Verdi’s Attila and Wagner’s Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde [full program in PDF].

Active in the leading opera houses of Europe, especially throughout Italy, Maestro Franklin made his San Francisco Opera debut last season leading Puccini’s Turandot. Born in San Francisco, he currently lives in Lucca, Italy.

Second-year Adler Fellows Sarah Cambidge, John Elam, Andrew Manea, Amitai Pati, Aria Umezawa and Kyle van Schoonhoven will conclude their Adler Fellowships at the end of the year. Current first-year Adler Fellows César Cañón, Ashley Dixon, Natalie Image, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and Christian Pursell will return in 2019 along with six new singers and one new apprentice coach.

Named for former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler, the Adler Fellowship Program is a multi-year, performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows, who are selected from the participants of the Merola Opera Program, also gain valuable professional experience by performing supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s mainstage productions.

*For the complete press release, including full program, please view the attached PDF.