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Gaetano Merola, first conductor of the San Francisco Opera

Merola Opera Program
Sponsorship

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 Recipients

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


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