"I am thrilled to welcome Carrie-Ann Matheson and Markus Beam to San Francisco Opera in an exciting new structure that will support young artists at an unparalleled level. Carrie-Ann and Markus’ leadership will inspire generations of young artists, preparing them for careers on the world’s greatest stages."–Matthew Shilvock, San Francisco Opera Tad and Dianne Taube General Director
Have you ever wanted to be on the ground floor of the next big thing?
San Francisco Opera Center gives you the opportunity to see some of the world's most talented young singers and pianist/apprentice coaches, united in a resident artist program right here in San Francisco.
The Opera Center’s roots trace back to artist training programs established in 1954 by Kurt Herbert Adler, the Company’s second general director. In 1982, his successor Terence A. McEwen created the San Francisco Opera Center to oversee these programs. Today, San Francisco Opera Center embodies a new era in which young artists with major operatic potential develop and flourish through intensive training, study and performance. Carrie-Ann Matheson and Markus Beam join the Company in the roles of Artistic Director and General Manager of the San Francisco Opera Center beginning in January 2021, succeeding Sheri Greenawald's 18-year tenure.
San Francisco Opera Center has trained and introduced many budding stars to the international opera stage and its graduates are active throughout the world as performers, production artists and teachers. The program's alumni includes Adler Fellows Patricia Racette, Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick, Brian Jagde and Mark Delavan, and Merola Opera Program graduates Anna Netrebko, Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson.