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Merola Opera Program announces program for Schwabacher Summer Concert

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As has already been announced, one of the highlights of the public performances given by the Merola Opera Program will be the Schwabacher Summer Concert, named in memory of James H. Schwabacher, instrumental in the establishment and development of the Merola Program. This program has always been conceived as a presentation of scenes, rather than simply recital solos, enhanced with a minimum of sets and costumes but with enough “action” to convey the import of the scene. Members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra will be led by Eric Melear, 2002 Merola alumnus and currently Associate Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera. Program specifics are as follows:

Mignon (Ambroise Thomas)
Wilhelm Mingjie Lei
Mignon Shirin Eskandani
Jarno Matthew Stump
Lothario Anthony Reed

Semele (George Frideric Handel)
Juno Nian Wang
Semele Talya Lieberman
Jupiter Mingjie Lei

Luisa Miller (Giuseppe Verdi)
Count Walter Matthew Stump
Wurm Anthony Reed
Federica Nian Wang
Luisa Miller Maria Fasciano

Il barbiere di Siviglia (Gioachino Rossini)
Figaro Alexander Elliott
Rosina Shirin Eskandani

Madama Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)
Goro Chong Wang
Cio-Cio San Maria Fasciano
Sharpless Gideon Dabi
Prince Yamadori Alexander Elliott
Suzuki Nian Wang

La Cenerentola (Gioachino Rossini)
Dandini Alexander Elliott
Don Magnifico Matthew Stump

Carmen (George Bizet)
Frasquita Talya Lieberman
Mercédès Shirin Eskandani
Don José Chong Wang
Carmen Nian Wang
Chorus Tutti

As in the past, this concert will be given two performances. The first will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, in the Everett Middle School Auditorium at 450 Church Street. Ticket prices are $40 and $25 with a $15 student rate. These may be purchased online from the Single Tickets page of the San Francisco Opera Web site, where Merola events are listed under OTHER PRODUCTIONS. Ticket sales are handled by the San Francisco Opera Box Office, which may be visited in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House at 301 Van Ness Avenue. They may also be ordered by calling 415-864-3330.

The second performance will be free and will not require tickets for admission. It will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, on a special stage set up in Yerba Buena Gardens as part of the annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Seating is on the ground, so a picnic blanket is advisable.

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