ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT – Herbst Theatre, 12/1

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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San Francisco Opera Center presents the final Adler Fellowship concert of the 2010 season, The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, Wednesday, December 1st at 7:30 pm at the Herbst Theatre in the War Memorial Veterans Building. The concert showcases the talented young artists from San Francisco Opera Center’s prestigious young artist training program in a gala concert of opera scenes and arias, including works by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet, among others. The concert is conducted by San Francisco Opera Center Director of Musical Studies Mark Morash.

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The Future is Now features sopranos Susannah Biller (Georgetown, Tennessee), Leah Crocetto (Adrian, Michigan) and Sara Gartland (Saint Paul, Minnesota); mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani (Hod-HaSharon, Israel); countertenor Ryan Belongie (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin); tenors Brian Jagde (Piermont, New York) and David Lomelí (Monterrey, Mexico); baritone Austin Kness (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); and apprentice coaches Tamara Sanikidze (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) and Allen Perriello (Gibsonia, Pennsylvania).
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RYAN BELONGIE, counter-tenor — SUSANNAH BILLER, soprano

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SARA GARTLAND, soprano — MAYA LAHYANI, mezzo-soprano

There will be a post-performance reception with all of the artists in the Green Room, located in the War Memorial Veterans Building.
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BRIAN JAGDE, tenor — LEAH CROCETTO, soprano

Outgoing 2010 Adler Fellows are tenor David Lomelí, baritone Austin Kness and Apprentice Coach Allen Perriello. Ryan Belongie, Susannah Biller, Leah Crocetto, Sara Gartland, Brian Jagde, Maya Lahyani, and Tamara Sanikidze have received 2011 Adler Fellowships and will begin an additional year in the program beginning January 2011.

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AUSTIN KNESS, baritone — DAVID LOMELI, tenor

Named for former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler, the Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing supporting roles in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage productions. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program.

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