For a second year in a row, San Francisco Opera benefactors Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem will generously sponsor the Emerging Star of the Year Competition and Award. Established through a multi-year, multi-million dollar gift from the Shrems, the Emerging Stars Fund is supporting the appearance of fourteen thrilling young artists on our stage throughout the 2016-17 season. These artists include J’Nai Bridges and David Pershall in Andrea Chenier; Irene Roberts in Dream of the Red Chamber; Heidi Stober and Lawrence Brownlee in Don Pasquale; Leah Crocetto and Brian Jagde in Aida; and Vincenzo Costanzo and Anthony Clark Evans in Madame Butterfly. This summer, Sarah Shafer and Michael Sumuel appear in Don Giovanni, and Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Ellie Dehn and Erika Grimaldi appear in La Bohème.
You have a role to play this season too! Help choose the 2017 Emerging Star of the Year. Voting runs through August 15, 2017. Visit sfopera.com/EmergingStars to see performance clips of each artist, and cast your vote for your favorite. Soon after the voting ends, the people’s choice will be announced. In addition to recognition as the 2017 Emerging Star of the Year, the winning artist will be awarded a cash prize by the Shrems.