2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Presents Bass-Baritone Daniel Okulitch and Pianist John Churchwell

Release date: 2/24/2016


2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Presents Bass-Baritone Daniel Okulitch and Pianist John Churchwell

March 6, Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater

Presented by San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program

Tickets available at 415-864-3330 or sfopera.com 


Schwabacher Okulitch.pdf  Photos Available

The 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 6 at the new Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and pianist John Churchwell.

The concert marks the second public performance in the Taube Atrium Theater, which boasts the innovative Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system.

Recipient of First Prize from the prestigious George London Foundation and praised as “flat out brilliant” by Opera News, Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch has excelled in Mozart leading roles such as Don Giovanni and Figaro and in creating new roles, notably Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real and Seth Brundle in Howard Shore’s The Fly at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. The New York Times hailed, “He sings with richness, vigor and subtle lyricism.”

The all-American program features works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Glen Roven and Evan Mack, including song cycles by Gordon and Roven featuring songs based on poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker and Walt Whitman, among others.

Since 1983, the Schwabacher Debut Recitals have introduced the artistry of many acclaimed international singers including Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Brian Asawa and Thomas Hampson. The annual series showcases exemplary artists who have participated in the prestigious training programs of the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program, whose performance-oriented residencies offer intensive individual coaching and performance opportunities to young professional international artists. The recitals allow Bay Area audiences to experience exciting young talent perform a wide-ranging and eclectic repertoire of song literature in the intimate setting of the Taube Atrium Theater. 

The Schwabacher Debut Recitals are endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher and sponsored by the Jack H. Lund Charitable Trust. A celebrated Bay Area singer, recitalist, scholar and teacher, James Schwabacher was a co-founder of the Merola Opera Program.


Tickets & Information 

Schwabacher Debut Recitals take place at the Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater at the new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, located on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue, at McAllister, in San Francisco). Single tickets are $30; general seating. Tickets may be purchased at the San Francisco Opera Box Office in person or by phone at (415) 864-3330 or online at sfopera.com (four-recital subscriptions available only in-person or by phone). Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are available for $15 at the Atrium Theater 30 minutes prior to each recital (limit of two tickets per person; valid ID is required; subject to availability). Artists, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change.

For the complete press release with program and artist biographies, please view the attached PDF.