A VERY MEROLA HOLIDAY

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 4 PM PST

Celebrate the holiday season with Merola alums soprano Maria Valdes, mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, tenor Casey Candebat, bass-baritone Christian Pursell, and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg.

This recital is generously sponsored by Jennifer and Chris Brahm.

Alice Chung is generously sponsored by Patrick Wilken and David Dickson.

Maria Valdes is generously sponsored by Bob and Terri Ryan.

Casey Candebat is generously sponsored by Bernice Lindstrom.

Christian Pursell is generously sponsored by Peter and Jayne Davis.

Ronny Michael Greenberg is generously sponsored by Barbara Bruser and Richard Clark.

 

Ticket purchasers will receive a link to view the event on Zoom in advance of the event on December 12.

Portions of this recital will be pre-recorded for the purpose of this original broadcast. 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 

RUSSIAN ROMANCES

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Academy of Vocal Arts presents Russian Romances with Ghenady Meirson at the piano.  

This recital will be virtual.  Tickets and more details will be available here.

 MORE DETAILS COMING SOON 

MILDRED MILLER INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITION

Friday, November 6, 2020

The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition was founded in 2011 to identify and nurture talented young singers. The competition is named for Pittsburgh Festival Opera founder Mildred Miller Posvar.  

Join Pittsburgh Festival Opera as we have a weekend celebrating

the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition: Mezzo-Soprano Edition!


Nov. 6, 7pm EST: Watch the finalists and cast your vote for audience favorite
Nov. 7, 7pm EST: Enjoy a Tribute to Mildred Miller Posvar and the Tenth Anniversary of MMIVC
Nov. 8, 7pm EST: See the winners announced

 CLICK HERE TO WATCH 

GIARGIARI BEL CANTO COMPETITION

Monday, October 26, 2020

AVA’s annual favorite vocal competition returns, from the comfort of your own home! The Giargiari Bel Canto Competition has seen such international opera stars as Angela Meade, Stephen Costello, Michael Fabiano and Ailyn Pérez win prizes over its 40 year history. Now is your chance to hear the future stars of opera, right from your house! The competition will be streamed via YouTube.

". . . none was more exciting than mezzo Alice Chung—who I’ll go out on a limb and say might be the most interesting and promising resident artist I’ve found at AVA in the past decade. The voice is huge and gorgeously colored, and in performance, she’s excelled at everything from the comic Despina to the formidable Zia Principessa of Suor Angelica. Here, she sang Azucena’s “Condotta ell’era in ceppi” with an actual feel for the score’s intricacies. . .and a riveting dramatic intensity." - Parterre 

"Here, in a long and famously outlandish melodramatic narrative, every word and emotion had specificity and punch, and the voice rings out with grandeur." - Parterre 

Click here to watch

CANCELED: Hänsel und Gretel (Die Hexe)

Monday, July 7, 2020

In place of the canceled performances of the opera due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Music Academy of the West Vocal Institute introduces you to several characters in Humperdinck’s classic fairytale opera utilizing the creative direction of James Darrah and illustrations and animations by Yuki Izumihara and Yee Eun Nam.

Click to watch it here.

CANCELED: L'enfant et les sortilèges

(Maman/La libelulle)

Saturday, July 4, 2020 

All LIVE Music Academy of the West productions have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to check out Music Academy of the West.

CANCELED: Beethoven's Symphony no. 9

(Alto Soloist)

Sunday, June 7, 2020

​Performance with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at Verizon Hall has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Click here to learn more about the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute.

CANCELED: Elektra (Die Schleppträgerin)

Friday, May 15 - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

All live performances of Elektra with the Philadelphia Orchestra have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Click to learn more about the Philadelphia Orchestra here.

CANCELED: Un ballo in maschera (Ulrica)

Saturday, April 25 - Saturday, May 9, 2020

All performances of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click to learn more about the Academy of Vocal Arts here.

CANCELED: Jubilate! A Concert of Sacred Music (Alto soloist)

Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15, 2020  

All performances have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Click to learn more about the Academy of Vocal Arts here.

BEETHOVEN MASS IN C MAJOR (Alto soloist)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3 PM ET

Performance with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra

Click to learn more about the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra here.

SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITAL

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Merola Opera Program and San Francisco Opera presents a series of Schwabacher Debut Recitals.  The recital will be at the War Memorial Veterans Building in the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater.

With baritone Laureano Quant and pianist Nicholas Roehler

Presented by the Merola Opera Program and San Francisco Opera

Featuring music by Santoliquido, Berlioz, Mahler, and Bolcom

Click here to read the review from The Berkeley Daily Planet

CARMEN (Mercédès) (Carmen cover)

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM CST
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2:30 PM CST

Tulsa Opera presents Carmen at Chapman Music Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Georges Bizet’s captivating opera Carmen tells the story of a fiery, independent woman who drives a Spanish soldier to choose between duty and freedom.  Conductor Roberto Kalb and director Harry Silverstein return after collaborating on The Barber of Seville in 2018.  

MEROLA GRAND FINALE

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM PST

The Merola Opera Program concludes the summer with the Merola Grand Finale with Maestro George Manahan at the helm and Merolini stage director Greg Eldrige.  Performing on the set of Billy Budd on the San Francisco Opera stage in the War Memorial Opera House with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.  Featuring in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites (Mere Marie) and Thomas's Hamlet (Gertrude).

"Then came what may well have been the vocal and dramatic highlight of the concert —mezzo-soprano Alice Chung as Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, and baritone Tim Murray as Hamlet in a gut-wrenching scene from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet." - The Berkeley Daily Planet

"One of the best performances of the evening came from mezzo-soprano Alice Chung as Gertrude in Thomas' Hamlet. Her voice is simply vivid ..." - The Opera Tattler

"Ms. Chung’s presence was powerful even as Mr Murray castigated her for the death of her husband, Hamlet’s father. Their voices gave the Mother-Son relationship a new dimension beyond the usual lascivious Queen and up-tight Prince." - LivelyFoundation.org

"A special note, however, had to be made for hair-raising production of a duet from seldom-seen Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet,...found the regal-sounding Chung as Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) moving from emotion to emotion – concern, confusion, denial and guilt – all within a single scene; it was truly a formidable experience! She had great rapport with her “sparring partner”, baritone Tim Murray..."

- Parterre.com

SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT (Azucena)

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM PST
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM PST

The Merola Opera Program opens this summer with the Schwabacher Summer Concert, featuring extended scenes with orchestra from La Rondine (Suzy), Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa), Die schweigsame Frau (Carlotta), Faust (Siebel), Il trovatore (Azucena). 

 

Craig Kier, Conducter

Jose Maria Condemi, Director

"...the singer that really had me on edge and paying attention was mezzo-soprano Alice Chung, whose Azucena is strong and otherworldly." - The Opera Tattler

"In the role of Azucena, mezzo-soprano Alice Chung was stupendous! Her husky voice is admirably suited to the role of this tormented Gypsy woman; and Alice Chung sang with great gusto and enormous vocal range." - The Berkeley Daily Planet

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE (Gertrude)

Saturday, April 27 – Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Generously sponsored by Judith Broudy

The classic Shakespeare story of two star-crossed lovers, which is beloved by all.

 

Jeffrey Marc Buchman, Stage Director 

Steven Mosteller, Conductor

Click to learn more about the Academy of Vocal Arts here.

RUSALKA (Ježibaba)

Wednesday, January 16 - Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Academy of Vocal Arts presents Dvorak's Rusalka for the first time. 

Music director Luke Housner and stage director K. James McDowell.

"Her rich, well-supported instrument thunders through Jezibaba’s warnings to Rusalka..."

- Broadstreetreview.com

SUOR ANGELICA (La Zia Principessa/La Badessa) 

Saturday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 27, 2019

​The Academy of Vocal Arts presents Suor Angelica and Le villi under the baton of Maestro Macatsoris and Maestro Richard Raub, directed by David Gately.

"...a columnar mezzo with power and sheen." - Parterre.com

IL TROVATORE (Azucena cover)

Saturday, July 14 - Friday, August 3, 2018

Central City Opera House

Joachim Schamberger, Director

John Baril, Conductor

Learn more about Central City Opera here.

BEETHOVEN FANTASIA IN C MINOR (Alto soloist) 

Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15, 2018

Helzberg Hall

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Stern, Conductor

Learn more about the Kansas City Symphony here.

RIGOLETTO (Giovanna) 

Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 11, 2018

​Muriel Kauffman Theater

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

David Charles Abell, Conductor

David Gately, Director

Learn more about the Lyric Opera of Kansas City here.

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL (Die Hexe)

Thursday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29, 2017

White Recital Hall

James C. Olson Performing Arts Center

Fenlon Lamb, Director

See production image here.

EUGENE ONEGIN (Larina) 

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 8, 2017

​Muriel Kauffman Theater

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Ari Pelto, Conductor

Tomer Zvulun, Director

Learn more about the Lyric Opera of Kansas City here.

SCHWABACHER SUMMER CONCERT

(Augusta Tabor, Santuzza) 

Thursday, July 6 - Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thursday: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Sunday: Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

Anne Manson, Conductor

David Lefkowich, Director

Featured in scenes of The Ballad of Baby Doe (Augusta Tabor), Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza), and Street Scene (Mrs. Olsen)

"a force of nature — with a sound both powerful and appealing" - San Francisco Classical Voice