2016 Adler Fellows Announced

Release date: 10/12/2015

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2016 Adler Fellows

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San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2016 Adler Fellowship, 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. This prestigious training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception.

The ten singers selected as 2016 Adler Fellows are sopranos Julie Adams (Burbank, California), Amina Edris (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Toni Marie Palmertree (Fleetwood, Pennsylvania); mezzo-sopranos Zanda Švēde (Valmiera, Latvia) and Nian Wang (Nanjing, China); tenor Pene Pati (Auckland, New Zealand); baritone Edward Nelson (Santa Clarita, California); bass-baritones Matthew Stump (Goshen, Indiana) and Brad Walker (Lake Zurich, Illinois); and bass Anthony Reed (Alexandria, Minnesota).

The two pianists selected for Apprentice Coach Fellowships are Ronny Michael Greenberg (Montreal, Canada) and Noah Lindquist (Brooklyn, New York). 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.

Planned engagements for the 2016 Adler Fellows include performances with the Eureka Chamber Music Series (January 29); Red Scarf Society Concert Yreka (January 31); Temple Emanu-El’s Music at Meyer (April 18); Santa Rosa Junior College Center (April 22); and The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert 2016. Selected Adler Fellows will also be featured in the 2016 Schwabacher Debut Recital Series. Further details about upcoming 2016 Adler Fellow performances will be announced at a later date.

The 2015 Adler Fellows’ season culminates with a special year-end concert featuring the singers in an evening of opera scenes and arias with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. This year’s concert, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, showcasing the acclaimed 2015 Adler Fellows, takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.

The outgoing 2015 Adler Fellows are sopranos Jacqueline Piccolino and Maria Valdes, tenor Chong Wang and baritone Efraín Solís. Soprano Julie Adams, mezzo-soprano Nian Wang, baritone Edward Nelson, bass-baritone Matthew Stump, bass Anthony Reed and pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg return as second-year Adler Fellows. Mezzo-soprano Zanda Švēde and pianist Noah Lindquist will continue as third-year Adler Fellows in 2016.

For Adler bios and Opera Center information, please see the above PDF.