This past Tuesday, the Merola Opera Program announced the names of the 29 artists from ten countries that were selected to participate in its intensive summer training program. Founded in 1957, the program is closely affiliated with the San Francisco Opera (SFO); and only Merola graduates are considered for participation in the SFO Adler Fellowship program, through which training is escalated to the level of active participation in SFO productions. This summer’s “Merolini” will consist of seven sopranos, three mezzos, four tenors, four baritones, three bass-baritones, two basses, five apprentice coaches (who also serve as rehearsal pianists), and one apprentice stage director.
One of those sopranos, Julie Adams, is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). She was a student of César Ulloa and received her degree master’s last year after having already earned a bachelor’s degree. In addition to having “made the cut” for Merola, Adams is also one of the twenty regional winners in the holy grail of opera competitions, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. That achievement has earned her a cash prize and a trip to New York, where she will participate in the Semi-Finals, which will take place this Sunday (March 23), on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.