San Francisco Opera Announces 2017 Adler Fellows

Release date: 10/25/2016    


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San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the thirteen recipients of the 2017 Adler Fellowship. Nine singers, three pianist/apprentice coaches and one director will take part in the program—a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 175 young artists since its inception.

The nine singers selected as 2017 Adler Fellows are sopranos Sarah Cambidge (Vancouver, Canada), Amina Edris (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Toni Marie Palmertree (Fleetwood, Pennsylvania); tenors Amitai Pati (Auckland, New Zealand), Pene Pati (Auckland, New Zealand) and Kyle van Schoonhoven (Lockport, New York); baritone Andrew Manea (Troy, Michigan); bass-baritone Brad Walker (Lake Zurich, Illinois); and bass Anthony Reed (Alexandria, Minnesota). Sarah Cambidge, Amitai Pati, Kyle van Schoonhoven and Andrew Manea are incoming first-year Adler Fellows. Amina Edris, Toni Marie Palmertree, Pene Pati and Brad Walker return as second-year fellows, and Anthony Reed continues as a third-year Adler in 2017.

Joining the program as a first-year fellow is Aria Umezawa (Toronto, Canada) who becomes the second director in the history of the program to receive a fellowship. Currently artistic director of Toronto-based independent opera company Opera 5, Ms. Umezawa was an Apprentice Stage Director in the 2016 Merola Opera Program, where her staging of the Merola Grand Finale concert was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle: “Over the decades, I’ve never seen the job dispatched with the elegance, verve and sheer theatrical imagination that Aria Umezawa brought to it on Saturday night in the War Memorial Opera House. This young Canadian artist…marshaled her fellow Merolini with the dexterity of an experienced master.” She will participate in all aspects of fellowship training, including dance classes, language classes and score studies. She will also work with the Adler Fellows on their audition repertory, and participate in other San Francisco Opera Center activities.

The pianists selected for Apprentice Coach Fellowships are John Elam (Cleburne, Texas), who will join the program in May 2017; returning third-year fellow Ronny Michael Greenberg (Montreal, Canada), who will conclude his fellowship in May 2017; and first-year fellow Jennifer Szeto (Calgary, Canada), who began her fellowship this month. The Adler Fellow apprentice coaches work closely with Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies of the Opera Center, and John Churchwell, Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera. The coaches participate in the musical activities of both San Francisco Opera and the Opera Center, and they are involved in all aspects of the Adler Fellows’ training by acting as pianists for master classes, working with master coaches and preparing the Adler Fellows for concerts and mainstage roles.

Adler Fellows gain valuable professional experience by participating in roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s repertory season, and also enjoy a variety of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Engagements for the 2017 Adler Fellows include performances with the Eureka Chamber Music Series (February 10); University Club (March 8); Oakland Symphony (March 31); and The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert 2017. Select Adler Fellows will also be featured in the 2017 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. Further information about upcoming Adler Fellow performances will be announced at a later date.

The outgoing 2016 Adler Fellows are soprano Julie Adams; mezzo-sopranos Zanda Švēde and Nian Wang; baritone Edward Nelson; bass-baritone Matthew Stump; and pianist/apprentice coach Noah Lindquist. The 2016 Adler Fellows’ season culminates with a special year-end concert, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. The evening showcases all of the 2016 Adlers in an evening of opera scenes and arias with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Resident Conductor Jordi Bernàcer..

For the complete press release, including artists bios, please view the attached PDF.