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Cenacolo-Sponsored Recipients

Merola, San Francisco Opera
Gaetano Merola, first conductor of the San Francisco Opera

Il Cenacolo has been a proud sponsor of Merola Opera Program for a number of years. Each summer, San Francisco becomes a place where dreams come true for the young artists in the Merola Opera Program. Out of hundreds of young hopefuls who audition, approximately 23 singers, five apprentice coaches and one apprentice stage director are chosen to participate in the Program.

Merola is dedicated to seeking out the finest young opera talent and helping them develop into professional artists of the highest caliber. We are proud to be one of their partners.

Past Merola Recipients 1991-2016

2016
Nicolo Sbuelz
Alessandra Cattani

2015
Eduardo Barsotti
Alessandra Cattani

2007
Jamie-Rose Guarrine
Matthew Hanscom

1999
Julie Bartholomew
Oren Gradys
Kyu Won Han
Ricardo Herrera
Stephanie Dawn Johnson

1998
Todd Geer
Joseph Lawson
Salvador Padilla
Jacqueline Venable

1997
Francisco Almanza
Gwendolyn Coleman
Shelley Crawford
Armando Gama
Kathryn Honan-Carter

1996
Ted Christopher

1995
John Autry

1994
Lisa Melina Pyron

1993
Elizabeth Bishop

1992
Stuart Neill

1991
William Burden

Past Merola Recipients 1979-1990

1990
Laura Claycomb

1989
Maria Fortuna

1988
Patricia Lynn Racette

1987
Angela J. Randell

1986
Peter Volpe

1985
Douglas K. Wunsch

1984
Gualtiera Negrini

1983
Marianna Labriola

1982
Donna Bruno

1981
Robin Russo

1980
Thomas Hampson

1979
Kevin J. Langan
Nicolo Sbuelz

Past Adler Fellows

2008
Daveda Karanos
Kenneth Kellogg

2007
Jeremy Galyon
Heidi Melton

2006
Kendall Gladden
Rhoslyn Jones

2005
Eugene Brancoveanu
Kimwana Doner

2004
Thomas Glenn
“In honor of Anthony Barbieri”
Lucas Meachem
Karen Slack

2003
Elizabeth Caballero
Karen Slack

2002
Brad Alexander
Saundra De Athos

2001
Elena Bocharova
Phillip Horst

2000
Suzanne Ramo
John Ames