Emerging Stars Competition

Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz, who appeared as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème this summer, was named “2017 Emerging Star of the Year” based on a popular vote conducted online at sfopera.com from July 5–August 15, 2017. Now in its second year, the competition featured rising stars appearing in San Francisco Opera’s 2016–17 Season at the War Memorial Opera House.

Maria Manetti Shrem said, “Jan and I were so excited when we learned that Arturo won this year’s Emerging Star of the Year competition. We are committed to celebrating artists on-the-rise at San Francisco Opera, because they are essential to keeping the art form fresh and exciting. We were thrilled to inaugurate and to continue supporting this competition, and we are delighted to give a special award to Arturo for his amazing work this summer in La Bohème.”   

Jan Shrem continued, “Maria and I are so inspired by this new generation of stars at San Francisco Opera. They work so hard and they inspire us with their dedication and talent. I am happy to raise awareness for them through the Emerging Stars competition. Arturo Chacón-Cruz sets a wonderful example for other rising stars in the opera world. Bravo Arturo!”

“I am very grateful to the San Francisco Opera family for this nomination,” said Arturo Chacón-Cruz. “It was an amazingly rewarding experience to come back to San Francisco to sing Rodolfo in La Bohème, with incredible colleagues and an involved and supportive audience. I want to especially thank Maria Manetti Shrem and Jan Shrem for their generosity in sponsoring this great initiative to spread our work and craft around the world. I was overwhelmed by the love and support I received from my friends on my social media platforms, where I received thousands of messages from all around the globe. Thank you, dear friends, for making it possible to receive this honor!"

2017 Emerging Stars Bios

Soprano Erika Grimaldi
Tenor Brian Jagde
Baritone David Pershall
Mezzo-Soprano Irene Roberts
Soprano Sarah Shafer
Soprano Heidi Stober
Bass-Baritone Michael Sumuel