National Auditions

Merola Opera Program and Adler Fellowship Program

Administered by the Merola Opera Program, the National Auditions for the Merola Opera Program and Adler Fellowship Program are held annually. These programs offer performance and career development opportunities for young professional singers, coaches, and stage directors.

The Merola Opera Program is a young artist training program of performance and study.

The Adler Fellowship Program is a residency offered to selected singers and coaches who have completed the Merola Opera Program.

2020 Merola Opera Program



Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Postcard from Morocco by Dominick Argento

Schwabacher 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 on the San Francisco Opera House stage

Every singer will be cast in the opera or the scenes program

The 2020 Merola Opera Program will take place at San Francisco Opera from June 8 through August 23, 2020 (apprentice coaches and apprentice stage director begin June 1).


  Preliminary Auditions Finals Only Application Deadline
Chicago 10/14, 15, 16, 17* 10/14, 15, 16, 17   9/13/19
Chicago 10/18—AC & AD only** N/A 9/13/19
San Francisco   10/21, 22, 28* 10/22, 23, 29 9/23/19
San Francisco   10/25—AC & AD only** N/A 9/23/19
New York 10/31, 11/1, 2—AC & AD only**   N/A 10/5/19
New York 11/4, 5, 6 11/7 10/5/19
New York 11/ 8, 9 11/10 10/5/19
New York 11/13, 14 11/15 10/5/19


*Singer preliminary and final auditions on the same day in the following cities only.  Chicago: 10/14, 15, 16, 17; San Francisco: 10/21, 22, 28.

**Apprentice Coach (AC) single auditions and Apprentice Stage Director (AD) single interviews only.  Chicago: 10/18; San Francisco: 10/25; New York: 10/31, 11/1, 2.

Application Information

Applications are submitted through YAP Tracker, an online audition manager. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to apply, although you will need a guest account.

Please view more information:  or call (415) 936-2320.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: If you require a letter of invitation in order to obtain a visitor visa to attend our San Francisco Opera Center National Auditions, you must email Lauren Hewitt at prior to May 1st of the year you intend to apply for an audition.