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Hampson in June 2014
San Francisco Opera programs, 1934–36
Kurt Herbert Adler (1966)

The next years brought performances in many of the world's most important concert venues (including Avery Fisher Hall, Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet), opera houses (including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera) and festivals (Mostly Mozart Festival, Maggio Musicale, the Salzburg Festival), where Hampson performed with some of the world's most renowned pianists (incl.

- Thomas Hampson

Many went on to international careers, among them Carol Vaness and Thomas Hampson.

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Opera singer Leontyne Price directing a master class in the Merola Opera Program in 1986.

Merola Opera Program

San Francisco based training program for opera singers, coaches, and stage directors.

San Francisco based training program for opera singers, coaches, and stage directors.

Opera singer Leontyne Price directing a master class in the Merola Opera Program in 1986.

Merola has served as a proving ground for hundreds of artists, including Brian Asawa, Gregory Carroll, Laura Claycomb, Mark Delavan, John Del Carlo, Julianna Di Giacomo, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Elza van den Heever, Bryan Hymel, Gary Lakes, Joyce DiDonato, Sylvia McNair, Paula Murrihy, Anna Netrebko, Patricia Racette, Kurt Streit, Fernando del Valle, Patrick Summers, Ruth Ann Swenson, Jess Thomas, Riki Turofsky, Ricardo Bernal, Carol Vaness, Rolando Villazón, Deborah Voigt, and Dolora Zajick.

On August 30, 1953, San Francisco Opera founder and first General Director, Gaetano Merola, died at Stern Grove while conducting a young American singer in "Un bel di" from Madama Butterfly.

La Scala of Milan

The Dangerous Liaisons

Opera in two acts and eight scenes, with music by Conrad Susa to an English libretto by Philip Littell.

Opera in two acts and eight scenes, with music by Conrad Susa to an English libretto by Philip Littell.

La Scala of Milan

The opera received its first performance by the San Francisco Opera on 10 September 1994, with stage direction by Colin Graham and Donald Runnicles as the conductor.

The world-premiere cast included Thomas Hampson as Valmont, Frederica von Stade as Merteuil, David Hobson as Chevalier de Danceny, Renée Fleming as Tourvel and Mary Mills as Cécile de Volanges.

Graham hosting the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors in 2008

Susan Graham

American mezzo-soprano.

American mezzo-soprano.

Graham hosting the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors in 2008
Graham at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2008

She was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, and also a recipient of the Schwabacher Award from the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera.

Werther (Massenet) – DVD Thomas Hampson (Werther), Susan Graham (Charlotte), Sandrine Piau, Stéphane Degout (Albert), Michel Plasson (conductor), Châtelet Opera, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Virgin Classics