San Francisco’s acclaimed Merola Opera Program continues its 61st season, presenting the stars of tomorrow with Mozart’s Il re pastore. This exquisite early work featuring a string of thrilling arias explores the competing pulls of love and duty, as a young shepherd finds he must renounce his true love in order to reclaim his lost throne. Performances will be conducted by Stephen Stubbs, a leading figure in the American early music scene and winner of a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2015 for Charpentier: La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, and directed by Tara Faircloth (Merola 2006), who has directed two world premieres with the Houston Grand Opera’s East+West series. Merola is one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, featuring 29 artists selected from more than 800 international applicants.
For information or to order tickets visit http://merola.org or call the San Francisco Opera Box Office at 415-864-3330. The box office is open Monday, 10am-5pm, and Tuesday through Friday, 10am-6pm.
Discount available for purchase of three San Francisco-based Summer Festival productions (deadline June 18, 2018). Also discount for groups of 10 or more. $15 student tickets available in limited quantity in advance at San Francisco Opera Box Office.