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Aug 1

Merola Opera Program: SINGER

Merola Opera Program

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Merola Opera Program: SINGER

Merola Opera Program

Posted on
Aug 1


Applications must be received on or before Friday, August 26th.

Season Information:

The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten (full production with orchestra), sung in English.

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.

Every singer will be cast in the opera and/or Schwabacher Summer concert.

Singers may be asked to perform in the chorus of the Schwabacher Scenes Concert.

Vocal excellence and potential, rather than voice type or casting for the Merola opera productions, will be the deciding factors in the audition committee’s choice of participants.

Program Information

The Merola Opera Program, under the artistic direction of the San Francisco Opera Center, offers performance, training, and career development opportunities for young professional singers, coach/pianists, and stage directors. Applications must be received on or before Friday, August 26th.

In addition to performance opportunities, all singers 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 will also participate in a public masterclass conducted by internationally renowned artists. Participants receive daily individual musical and vocal coaching, diction coachings, instruction in acting and stage deportment, movement, financial planning/fiscal responsibility, mental health/wellness, physical health/well-being, and public relations/branding from leading professionals in the opera field.

For further information, please visit:

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 10-12 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, as well as 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 for a debut recital to take place in the winter or spring of 2024 in San Francisco. These recitals have been endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of celebrated Bay Area singer, scholar, and teacher James Schwabacher.


All applicants chosen for an in-person audition will require proof of Covid 19 Vaccination and photo ID.

No application fee is required.

There is no age limit for prospective applicants.

Application Information

Materials Required

  • Completed application form
  • Video file of one operatic aria recorded in the last 12 months is required to be submitted with this application
  • 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: Monday, October 3rd - Saturday, October 8th, 2022
  • Atlanta, GA USA: Tuesday, October 11th, 2022
  • San Francisco CA USA: Friday, October 14th - Saturday, October 15th, 2022
  • Houston, TX USA: Tuesday, October 18th - Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
  • Chicago, IL USA: Friday, October 21st - Sunday, October 23rd, 2022

Audition Process:

Singers 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 and proof of COVID vaccination must be shown before in-person auditions.

If selected for an in-person audition, singers should be prepared to sing an aria of their choice, following the guidance in the Audition Requirements section of this application. The audition panel may ask for additional selections.

Audition Requirements

In-Person Audition Requirements for Singers
- Singers should prepare five selections including the following:
- Four opera arias, one of which must be in English
- One art song or musical theatre/cabaret selection in the language of your choice

Pianist Fee

None. A pianist is provided free of charge. You may bring your own pianist at your own cost.

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.

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Application Details

Friday, August 26, 2022
Fee: $

Opportunity Dates

Start Date:
Monday, June 5, 2023
End Date:
Saturday, August 19, 2023

Location Details

San Francisco, CA

601 Van Ness Avenue - San Francisco, CA

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