click here for a post by Janos Gereben at SFCV.) In the Adler program, less than a dozen young singers who are embarking on operatic careers are given training in stagecraft, languages, and musicianship for two years, while being given smaller roles onstage and covering for principals during the SF Opera season. I tend to find these concerts sort of heartbreaking because the odds of making a full-time living as an opera singer are small, and becoming an international star even rarer. But it does happen. (All photos, except one, by Kristen Loken.)
West Edge Opera's production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, which was preceded by a mariachi concert hosted by Salazar himself. He has a huge, bright tenor that sounds ready for the big time, as he demonstrated with a rendition of Nessun dorma from Puccini's Turandot. Salazar is leaving the Adler program after one year, presumably to continue his professional career, and I wish him all the luck in the world.
Ramón Tebar, who is conducting the current production of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love at the SF Opera. The orchestra, which is usually hidden in the pit, were a joy to watch and hear onstage, and Tebar's sensitivity to his young singers was palpable. (The above photo is by Michael Strickland.)