Page 51 - Classical Singer magazine 2019 Fall University Issue
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Most Played Song on Your Playlist: “A Million Dreams” recorded by P!nk, “Lay Me Down” recorded by Sam Smith, and “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin
Name: Derrick Go , pianist and coach
Age: 30
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Training: Degrees include a BM in sacred music and an MM in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College at Rider University and additional training as an apprentice
pianist/coach with Florida Grand Opera Studio.
Big Break: “I guess I’m still waiting for my big break!” Career Highlights: Working as a chorusmaster/coach at
Bel Canto at Caramoor and Teatro Nuovo.
Dream Job: Chorusmaster or conductor.
Most Played Song on your Playlist: “I Wish I Knew
How It Would Feel to Be Free” recorded by Nina Simone
Name: Arseny Yakovlev, tenor
Age: 26
Hometown: Moscow, Russia Training: Bolshoi Young
Artists Opera Program
Big Break: Recording the
role of Gherman from The Queen of S pades by Tchaikovsky at the age of 21 for a Russian movie and winning the Operalia third prize.
Career Highlights: Appearing as the messenger in Aida at the Met.
Dream Roles: Andrea Chénier.
Most Played Song on Your Playlist: “Gesa elstein” recorded by Pursuit
Mary Claire Curran is an industrious soprano who believes in making her own opportunities. S he is a lyric soprano, Broadway belter, and cabaret singer. She was the 2017 winner of the Rohatyn Great Promise Award from the M etropolitan Opera N ational Council Auditions, Eastern R egion. Curran lives in N ew York City. R ead more at
Derrick Goff
Arseny Yakovlev
Merola Opera Program
repertoire will include:
Le nozze di Figaro
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Postcard from Morocco
by Dominick Argento
Summer Concert
Staged scenes with orchestra • All voice types considered for
this program
• Repertoire will be chosen to
showcase these artists
Merola Grand Finale
A concert with all artists performed with orchestra
Every singer will be cast in an opera or the scenes program
Auditions for the 2020 Merola Opera Program
led by the San Francisco Opera Center
Auditions in 2019 will be held as follows:
Sheri Greenawald, Director, San Francisco Opera Center
Mark Morash, Director of Musical Studies, San Francisco Opera Center
Chicago Chicago
San Francisco San Francisco
New York
New York New York New York
10/14, 15, 16, 17 singers only 9/13 10/18 AC & AD only 9/13 10/21, 22, 28 singers only 9/23 10/25 AC & AD only 9/23
10/31, 11/1, 2 10/5 AC&ADonly
11/4, 5, 6 11/7 10/5 11/8, 9 11/10 10/5 11/13, 14 11/15 10/5
The 2020 Merola Opera Program will take place at San Francisco Opera from
June 8–August 23 (coaches and stage directors start June 1). Singers, coaches and stage directors may apply.
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