SF Opera Adler apprentices take spotlight as Schwabacher Recital Series kicks off

A sneak preview of what may become some of the great operatic voices of the future is quite frequently in the offing when the San Francisco Opera Center rolls out its annual Schwabacher Recital Series to showcase some apprentices in its prestigious Adler Fellowship training program.

And when this year’s debut concert takes place Feb. 13 at Taube Atrium Theater in the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, lucky attendees are going to hear what is arguably the most flat-out gorgeous duet for a tenor and a baritone that has

WooYoung Yoon

ever been written. Tenor WooYoung Yoon and baritone SeokJong Baek are first to hit the stage, joining powerful voices in “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” with piano accompaniment from Adler Fellow Kseniia Polstiankina Barrad. Music by Mahler, Poulenc, Strauss, Heggie and folk songs from the two singers’ native South Korea are also on the program.

SeokJong Baek

Subsequent recitals in the series will take place in the same location on Feb. 27, April 3 and April 24, highlighting the talents of future potential opera stars from all over the world. Founded in 1975, the Adler Fellowship has helped launch the careers of such current in-demand singers as Deborah Voigt, Nadine Sierra, Patricia Racette, Brian Jagde, Dolora Zajick and Mark Delavan.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; Taube Atrium Theater, fourth floor 401 Van Ness, San Francisco; $30 single concerts, $100 for the series; 415-864-6000, www.sfopera.com/srs.

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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