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Merola Opera Program: PIANIST/COACH

Merola Opera Program

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July 31, 2024

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Merola Opera Program: PIANIST/COACH

Merola Opera Program

Posted on
Jul 1


Applications must be received on or before Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

Program Dates:

Pianists/Coaches: Thursday, May 29th - Saturday, August 16th, 2024

Season Information:

Le Comte Ory by Rossini (fully staged production with orchestra), sung in French.

The Schwabacher Summer Concert (staged scenes program with orchestra) - 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

Every pianist/coach will participate in the Song Recital. Some pianist/coaches may have the opportunity to play in the orchestra of other performance projects, where applicable. Pianist/Coaches will participate in each project, assisting with musical preparation and as rehearsal pianists.

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 Director, offers performance, training, and career development opportunities for young professional singers, coach/pianists, and stage directors. Applications must be received on or before Thursday, July 31st.

In addition to performance opportunities, all singers and pianists will have the opportunity to audition on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House for San Francisco Opera's General Director, Music Director, and Managing Director: Artistic. Each singer and pianist will also participate in a public masterclass conducted by internationally renowned artists.

Participants receive individual musical coachings in the area of their discipline, diction coachings, instruction in stage deportment, movement, financial planning/fiscal responsibility, mental health/wellness, leadership coaching, physical health/well-being, and public relations/branding from leading professionals in the opera field.

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Photo Credit: Kristen Loken

Adler Fellowship Program

(Resident Artists of San Francisco Opera)

Each year singers and pianists are chosen from the Merola Opera Program to join the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program. The Adler program gives 11 young artists a year a performance-oriented experience, providing individualized, holistic and advanced training. Adler Fellows are engaged for roles in San Francisco Opera’s season, and serve as members of San Francisco Opera's music staff, in addition to performing in Opera Center programs and activities. The Adler Fellowship is a renewable yearlong residency and is a salaried position with full benefits.

Schwabacher Debut Recitals

San Francisco Opera Center may engage Merola singers and pianists, chosen through summer auditions, for a debut recital to take place in the winter or spring of 2026 in San Francisco. These recitals have been endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of celebrated Bay Area singer, scholar, and teacher James Schwabacher.


No application fee is required.

There is no age limit for prospective applicants.

Application Information

Materials Required

  • Completed application form
  • Pianist/Coaches: 2 video files: one selection of a collaborative performance with singer and one selection of a solo piece OR an aria that shows technical facility, without a singer is required to be submitted with this application. Both recordings should have been recorded in the last 12 months.
  • 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

Audition Locations and Dates

• New York, NY USA: September 24-30, 2024

• Atlanta, GA USA: October 1, 2024

• San Francisco CA USA: October 5, 2024

• Houston, TX USA: October 10-11, 2024

• Chicago, IL USA: October 13-15, 2024

*If choosing multiple auditions cities, please indicate order of preference for each city.

Audition Process:

Pianists granted a live audition will be notified following the video prescreening round, approximately 3 weeks before their audition date, and will be scheduled in their chosen audition location.


Please note that date preferences will be taken into strong consideration but cannot be guaranteed.

A photo ID must be shown before in-person auditions.

If selected for an in-person audition, Pianists may begin with a selection of their choosing and should be prepared to play and sing any of their selections following the guidance in the Audition Requirements section of the pianist application.


In-Person Audition Requirements for Pianists:

Pianist/coach applicants granted an audition must choose ONE option from EACH of the following five categories. All selections are to be PLAYED AND SUNG by the applicant. Sight Reading will be included in the audition.


-EITHER the Act 1 finale from Così fan tutte OR the Act 2 finale from Le Nozze di Figaro

-A brief secco recitative from a Mozart opera

-An aria or scene from an opera by Puccini or Richard Strauss

-One aria from a Bel Canto opera

-One art song


Pianist/coaches should be prepared to begin their live audition with a selection of their choice, after which the audition panel may ask for additional selections.

Please note: Merola Opera Program does not permit audition swapping. If you are unable to attend your assigned audition, 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.

Associated People

Carrie-Ann Matheson
Markus Beam


Application Details

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
Fee: $

Opportunity Dates

Start Date:
Thursday, May 29, 2025
End Date:
Saturday, August 16, 2025

Location Details

San Francisco, CA

601 Van Ness Avenue - Suite S San Francisco, CA

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