National Auditions


San Francisco Opera Center is responsible for the Merola Opera Program and Adler Fellowship Program. These programs offer performance and career development opportunities for young professional singers, coaches, and stage directors.

The Merola Opera Program is a young artist training program of performance and study.

The Adler Fellowship Program is a residency offered to selected singers and coaches who have completed the Merola Opera Program.

2017 Merola Opera Program



Staged scenes with orchestra
*All voice types considered for this program
*Repertoire will be chosen to showcase these artists

A concert with all artists performed with orchestra

Every singer will be cast in an opera or the scenes program

The 2017 Merola Opera Program will take place at San Francisco Opera from June 5 through August 20, 2017 (apprentice coaches and apprentice stage director begin May 30).

Regional Auditions in 2016

City Preliminary Auditions Finals Only   Application Deadline
Dallas 10/14 10/15 9/16/2016
Dallas 10/14AC & AD* N/A 9/16/2016
Chicago 10/17, 18, 19, 20** 10/17, 18, 19, 20   9/19/2016
Chicago 10/21—AC & AD only* N/A 9/19/2016
San Francisco    10/24—AC & AD only* N/A 9/26/2016
San Francisco    10/25 10/26 9/26/2016
San Francisco      10/31** 10/31 9/26/2016
New York 11/3, 4, 5—AC & AD only*    N/A 10/7/2016
New York 11/7, 8, 9 11/10 10/7/2016
New York 11/11, 12 11/13 10/7/2016
New York 11/16, 17 11/18 10/7/2016


*Apprentice Coach (AC) single auditions and Apprentice Stage Director (AD) single interviews only: Dallas: 10/14; Chicago: 10/21; San Francisco: 10/24; New York: 11/3, 4, 5. 

**Singer preliminary and final auditions on the same day in the following cities only.
Chicago: 10/17, 18, 19, 20; San Francisco: 10/31 (priority for San Francisco on 10/31 will be given to auditionees traveling by air).

Application Information

Applications are submitted through YAP Tracker, an online audition manager. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to apply, although you will need a guest account.

Please review the appropriate YAP Tracker listing:  SingerCoachDirector

Applicants may sign up for guest accounts by clicking the corresponding link located on the right side of the YAP Tracker registration page.

You may also access the YAP Tracker online application process section.

Questions about the YAP Tracker application process? Please email

Questions about the San Francisco Opera Center National Auditions? Please email or call (415) 565-3277.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: If you require a letter of invitation in order to obtain a visitor visa to attend our San Francisco Opera Center National Auditions, you must email us at prior to May 1st of the year you intend to apply for an audition.