2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals Concludes with Baritone Kihun Yoon and Pianist Mark Morash

Release date: 3/31/2016 


 April 24, Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater

Presented by San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program

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

Schwabacher Yoon.pdf  Photos Available


The 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals concludes on Sunday, April 24 at the new Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater with baritone Kihun Yoon and pianist Mark Morash.           

Korean baritone Kihun Yoon is a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and, in the current season, his engagements include Sharpless in Madame Butterfly and Schaunard in La Bohème with LA Opera. He has also sung featured roles with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a 2015 Merola Opera Program participant, he was lauded for his performance in the title role of the Merola production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi: “[Yoon] delivered the title role like a primal force of nature … This performance was nothing short of greatness” (San Francisco Chronicle).

The April 24 recital will feature Johannes Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge, Jacques Ibert’s Chansons de Don Quichotte, a selection of Korean art songs and works by Debussy, Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

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 San Francisco Opera Center and the 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 state-of-the-art Taube Atrium Theater, which boasts the innovative Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system. 

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). Tickets are $30, general seating, and may be purchased at the San Francisco Opera Box Office in person or by phone at (415) 864-3330 or online at sfopera.com. 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, including program and biographies, please view the attached PDF.