SF Opera Adler Fellows strut their stuff

One of many thrills of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola and Adler Fellowship applications is the chance to expertise younger artists in first bloom. The singers in these elite applications arrive within the metropolis with plentiful musical presents, then hone these presents to a stage of excellence that can stand them in good stead all through their careers.

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Since 2016, we’ve seen the present “Merolini” and Adler Fellows in live shows and absolutely staged operas, together with Merola Opera summer time productions of Conrad Susa’s “Transformations” and Mozart’s “Il Re Pastore”; San Francisco Opera’s mainstage manufacturing of Jake Heggie’s “It’s a Great Life”; final month’s Oakland Symphony efficiency of Leonard Bernstein’s “Songfest” and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s present manufacturing of Handel’s “Saul.” What a fantastic basis for careers going ahead.

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Along with these occasions, the Adler Fellows have been showing in recitals on the Taube Atrium Theater as a part of the 2019 Schwabacher Recital Collection, the place they’ve sung works by Bizet and Mahler, Rachmaninoff and Schubert, Heggie and Richard Strauss, amongst others. The sequence concludes this month with a gaggle recital that includes 4 2019 Adler fellows: soprano Patricia Westley, mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon, tenor Zhengyi Bai, and bass-baritone Christian Pursell. Accompanied by pianist Martin Katz, the 4 will sing on a program that features Samuel Barber’s “Hermit Songs,” together with alternatives from Brahms’ “Deutsche Volkslieder” and Hugo Wolf’s “Mörike Lieder.”

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Particulars: 7:30 p.m. April 24, Taube Atrium Theater, San Francisco; $30; 415-864-3330, sfopera.com.

Georgia Rowe, Correspondent


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