SF Opera Adler Fellows featuring the SF Chamber Orchestra

San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows
featuring the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

Friday, May 3, 8pm
Sunday, May 5, 3pm
$45 / $55 / $70
There will be a pre-show talk one hour before showtime, by the conductor of the SF Chamber Orchestra, Ben Simon. 
San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows, including the remarkable bass-baritone, Philippe Sly, tenor AJ Glueckert and soprano Marina Harris.

They will be performing a double bill - Mozart's mini-opera Bastien and Bastienne, composed when he was just twelve, and Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge, a wry commentary on the relationships of two couples in which we can hear their soliloquies but the other players can't - Gian Carlo Menotti's words are set to Barber's jazzy and cool music - at about 9 minutes it's the shortest piece in the operatic rep. The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, an excellent ensemble, will accompany the singers under its maestro Benjamin Simon, and they'll also play another piece by Mozart.

At 24 Philippe Sly is already an accomplished recording artist  and 27 yr. old Ms. Harris is also well on the way to a brilliant career - she's been praised in the SF Chronicle for her "powerhouse vocal display". The Adler Fellowship program is a path to fame and success for many of these young singers - the most outstanding program of its kind in the US. See these young artists as they develop into tomorrow's stars.
Double Bill - Bastien & Bastienne, by W.A. Mozart &
A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber

Ben Simon, Music Director and Conductor

A Hand of Bridge:
Two couples meet for their usual evening of bridge.  Each, bored with his or her mate, indulges in a flight of fancy during the card game.

Bastienne, a shepherd girl, is in love with Bastien, but, as she complains to the magician Colas, he loves a wealthy girl.  Colas advises her to arouse Bastien's jealousy.  A lover's quarrel then ends with reconciliation.  

Bastien:  A.J. Glueckert
Bastienne:  Marina Harris
Colas:  Philippe Sly

David:  Hadleigh Adams
Geraldine:  Marina Harris
Bill:  A. J. Glueckert

Sally:  Erin Johnson

The San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows
Founded in 1977 as the San Francisco Affiliate Artists-Opera Program, Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers and coach/accompanists. Under the guidance of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, the Adler Fellowship Program offers intensive individual training and roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera's main-stage season. Each year, a select group of exceptionally gifted singers from Merola Opera Program is invited to continue their education as Adler Fellows. With Merola participants selected from a pool of over 800 candidates, these young artists represent whom the classical music world can and should expect to see on celebrated opera house stages throughout the world in the very near future.
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to making classical music accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the Bay Area by providing fully professional, admission-free concerts and educational programming. The SFCO presents over forty concerts annually in five Bay Area cities with musical offerings for children and families, seasoned concert-goers, and those just discovering the joys of classical music! More about the SF Chamber Orchestra