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Cole Conservatory Opera Alum Selected to be a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow

Marina Harris, a recent alumnus from the Cole Conservatory of Music, was named as one of ten 2012 Adler Fellows. The Adler Fellowship Program is a performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, professional seminars and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. Adler Fellows also gain valuable professional experience by performing roles of increasing importance in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage season. The Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program.

In addition to performances on the main stage of the War Memorial Opera House, Adler Fellows enjoy a variety of performance opportunities throughout their fellowship. The 2012 Adlers will perform a co-production of the chamber opera Love/Hate by composer Jack Perla with Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC) in San Francisco on April 12, 14 and 15. Selected Adler Fellows will also be featured in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series (at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco), which was created to spotlight artists who have participated in the programs of the San Francisco Opera Center.

The Adler Fellows’ season culminates with a special year-end concert featuring the singers in an evening of opera scenes and arias with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

Marina’s recent roles include Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and the title role of Arabella. On the concert stage, she has been a featured soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. She is a three time soloist with the Los Angeles Bach Festival, performing such works as Bach’s Magnificat, Saint John Passion and Wachet, betet! with the Festival Orchestra and Choir. In 2010, Harris was chosen as a Western Regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and was the second place winner in the Finals. She was also a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist in 2009, and took home the Special Encouragement Award. A participant at the Music Academy of the West, she was selected as an Encouragement Award Winner at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition in 2010 for her performance of art song repertoire. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, she holds a graduate certificate from the University of Southern California.