San Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler Fellows
San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced the twelve recipients of the 2015 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program.
This prestigious training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception. The ten singers selected as 2015 Adler Fellows are sopranos Julie Adams (Burbank, California), Jacqueline Piccolino (Chicago, Illinois) and Maria Valdes (Atlanta, Georgia); mezzo-sopranos Zanda Šv?de (Valmiera, Latvia) and Nian Wang (Nanjing, China); tenor Chong Wang (Shijiazhuang, China); baritones Edward Nelson (Santa Clarita, California) and Efraín Solís (Santa Ana, California); bass-baritone Matthew Stump (Goshen, Indiana); and bass Anthony Reed (Alexandria, Minnesota). The two pianists selected for Apprentice Coach Fellowships are Ronny Michael Greenberg (Montreal, Canada) and Noah Lindquist (Brooklyn, New York).
The Adler Fellow apprentice coaches work closely with Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies of the Opera Center and John Churchwell, Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera. The coaches participate in the musical activities of both San Francisco Opera and the Opera Center, and they are involved in all aspects of the Adler Fellows’ training by acting as pianists for masterclasses, working with master coaches and preparing the Adler Fellows for concerts and mainstage roles.
Adler Fellows gain valuable professional experience by participating in roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s repertory season, and also enjoy a variety of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Planned performances for the 2015 Adler Fellows include a performance at the Napa Valley Opera House (February 1); Temple Emanu-El’s Music at Meyer (February 9); Castro Valley Center for the Arts (March 28); and in concert with Philharmonia Baroque (April 15, 17, 18, 19). Selected Adler Fellows will also be featured in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series (at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco), which was created to spotlight artists who have participated in the programs of the San Francisco Opera Center. Remaining 2014 Adler Fellows concerts and recitals this fall include performances at University of California, Davis (October 10); San Francisco’s Upwardly Global Gala (October 16); and the East Bay Opera Guild (October 25).
The Adler Fellows’ season culminates with a special year-end concert featuring the singers in an evening of opera scenes and arias with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. This year’s concert, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, showcasing the acclaimed 2014 Adler Fellows, takes place on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco. The outgoing 2014 Adler Fellows are soprano Erin Johnson, tenor A.J. Glueckert, baritone Hadleigh Adams, bass-baritone Philippe Sly and pianist Sun Ha Yoon. Julie Adams, Jaqueline Piccolino, Maria Valdes, Zanda Šv?de, Efraín Solís and Noah Lindquist are returning as 2015 Adler Fellows. Soprano Julie Adams joined the 2014 class of Adler Fellows in Fall 2014 and will continue as a first-year Adler Fellow in 2015. Further details about upcoming 2015 Adler Fellow performances will be announced at a later date.