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Jul 24

Merola Opera Program: DIRECTORS

Merola Opera Program

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August 20, 2023

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Merola Opera Program: DIRECTORS

Merola Opera Program

Posted on
Jul 24


Applications must be received on or before Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Season Information:

Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart (full production with orchestra), sung in Italian.
The Schwabacher Summer Concert (staged scenes program with orchestra) - All voice types considered for this program. Repertoire will be chosen to showcase participating artists.
Song Recital - a concert showcasing a vast array repertoire chosen to showcase participating singers and pianists.
The Merola Grand Finale (concert with full orchestra) - concert featuring all Merola singers on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House 
Repertoire subject to change.

Program Information

The Merola Opera Program, under the artistic direction of the San Francisco Opera Center: Carrie-Ann Matheson, Artistic Director and Markus Beam, General Manger, offers performance opportunities, holistic training, and career development for young professional singers, coach/pianists, and stage directors.

The Merola Stage Director will act as the assistant director on Merola productions and will be the primary director for the Merola Grand Finale, a concert of semi-staged scenes and arias performed with orchestra on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House. They may also be asked to provide individual dramatic coaching to Merola singers.

In addition to directing and assistant directing responsibilities, the Merola stage director will participate in classes in diction, movement, financial planning/fiscal responsibility, mental health/wellness, physical health/well-being, and public relations/branding from leading professionals in the opera field.

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No application fee is required.

There is no age limit for prospective applicants.

Application Information

Materials Required

  • Completed application form
  • Directors: please see specific requirements on the Director application page
  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information of 2 industry professionals to serve as professional references

Please Note: All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Deadline Details

Audition Information

Interview Process:

Applicants granted an interview will take part in one 30-minute Zoom interview, which will be scheduled in November 2023. Applicants will be notified by October 31st, 2023.

Merola Stage Director applicants should be prepared to discuss, in detail, concepts for productions of operas they wish to direct. Please be ready to discuss general philosophy toward production. Applicant is asked to include a brief statement in the application describing their interest and background in becoming a young artist stage director in the Merola Opera Program. Applicants should be prepared to screen share an up-to-date portfolio for discussion at the interview.

Please note: Merola Opera Program does NOT permit interview swapping. If you are unable to attend your assigned interview time, please contact for assistance.

Payment Information


A weekly stipend is provided. 
The Merola Opera Program provides a weekly stipend, round-trip transportation from place of residence to San Francisco, and shared-accommodation housing.

Please note: the Merola Opera Program only provides housing to participants and does not provide housing to spouse/partner, children, other relatives, or pets. 
For five years after leaving Merola, alumni may be eligible, with Merola's approval, to receive up to a total of $12,000 in career grants, with a maximum of $6,000 in any single year.

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Application Details

Sunday, August 20, 2023
Fee: $

Opportunity Dates

Start Date:
Monday, June 3, 2024
End Date:
Saturday, August 17, 2024

Location Details

San Francisco, CA

601 Van Ness Avenue - Suite S San Francisco, CA

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