Merola Opera Preview Talk

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Tracy Grant, novelist and Merola Opera Program Director of Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations, will discuss Merola's upcoming Summer Festival Season. The festival will feature two operas that offer very different takes on passion and power dynamics between men and women, Mozart's masterpiece Don Giovanni and André Previn's jazz-influenced setting of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Grant will discuss the common themes and literary origins of both works and share insights into Merola's productions this summer.

Led artistically by San Francisco Opera Center Director and internationally acclaimed soprano Sheri Greenawald, the Merola Opera Program is an independent nonprofit organization which operates in collaboration with the San Francisco Opera. Founded in 1957 and named for San Francisco Opera’s founder, Gaetano Merola, the Program is recognized as one of the most prestigious operatic training programs in the world. The Merola Opera Program typically receives more than 800 applications for approximately 30 positions. Throughout the summer, Merola artists participate in master classes and private coachings with opera luminaries. Participants – who include singers, apprentice coaches and an apprentice stage director – also receive training in operatic repertory, foreign languages, diction, acting and stage movement. Read more >>