Anne Manson, conductor | David Lefkowich, director

"...the Merola Opera Program shows no signs of slowing down." —San Francisco Chronicle

For over 60 years, the famed Merola Opera Program has nurtured stars like Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, and numerous other opera luminaries.

In this special Bing Concert Hall performance, opera’s greatest moments will come to life as the Merola Opera Program’s young artists perform staged vignettes from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Massenet’s Thaïs, Weber’s Der Freischütz, Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, and more—accompanied by full orchestra with English supertitles. 

Kendra Berentsen/Mathilda Edge/Felicia Moore/Alexandra Razskazoff, sopranos

Alice Chung, mezzo-soprano

Andres Acosta/Xingwa Hao, tenors

Thomas Glass/Dimitri Katotakis, baritones


  • Subject to change: The program will last approximately two hours and 30 minutes with intermission.


    Giacomo Puccini: Le Villi

    "La tregenda"

  • Douglas Moore: The Ballad of Baby Doe

    “What a lovely evening…Willow where we met together…Warm as the autumn light…Now where do you supposed that he can be?..I send these lacy nothings”

  • Gaetano Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia

    “Tranquillo ei posa…Com’è bello…Ciel! Che vegg’io?...Di pescatore ignobile”

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz

    “Wie nahte mir der Schlummer…Leise, leise, fromme Weise…Wie? Was? Entsetzen!”

  • Jules Massenet: Thaïs

    “Ah, je suis seule…Dis-moi que je suis belle…Étranger, te voilà”

  • Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana

    “Tu qui, Santuzza…Fior di giaggiolo…Ah, lo vedi, che hai tu detto"

  • Kurt Weill: Street Scene

    Act 1, scene 7 (Ice Cream Sextet) “First time I come to da America”

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