Program 3: Donizetti’s Rita

With San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows

J. Strauss (arr. Lindstrom): Overture to Die Fledermaus
Mascagni (arr. Assad): Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Verdi: Prestissimo from String Quartet in E minor
Massenet (arr. Assad): Meditation from Thais
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Donizetti: Rita
Maria Valdes, Rita
Thomas Glenn, Beppe
Efraín Solís, Gasparo
Eugene Brancoveanu, Director, Script, Production Design


The February 2014 Donizetti’s Rita performances are dedicated to Honorary Board Chair Gordon Getty.

Tickets and Program Notes

2013-2014 Single Tickets are now available online or by calling City Box Office at 415-392-4400 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm; Sat 12pm-4pm).

$59 A Seating | $49 B Seating | $29 C Seating | $8 Open Rehearsal

Purchase Single Tickets Program Notes


Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 10am, Kanbar Performing Arts Center, San Francisco

East Bay

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 8pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley


Friday, February 14, 2014, 8pm, First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto

San Francisco

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8pm, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco


Sunday, February 16, 2014, 5pm, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael

About the Concert

San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows take the stage with New Century for an evening of music from opera, including a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s rarely presented one act opera Rita, a hilarious comic tale of domestic strife.

Donizetti’s Rita is supported in part by:

San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows

Founded in 1977, Adler Fellowships are performance-oriented residencies for the most advanced young singers, coaches and accompanists. Under the guidance of San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald, the Adler Fellowship Program invites a select group of participants from San Francisco Opera Center’s prestigious Merola Opera Program to continue their education, with intensive individual training and roles in San Francisco Opera’s main-stage season. Former Adler Fellows include such luminaries as sopranos Nicolle Foland, Nancy Gustafson, Mary Mills, Patricia Racette, Ruth Ann Swenson and Deborah Voigt; mezzo-sopranos Zheng Cao and Dolora Zajick; countertenor Brian Asawa; baritone David Okerlund; and bass-baritones Monte Pederson and John Relyea.

Maria Valdes

Soprano Maria Valdes has been praised for her sophisticated musicianship and natural tonal beauty and ease of singing. While still at the beginning of her career, Valdes is already recognized in the industry as a promising young artist.  Her most recent endeavor was singing the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco.  Last year, she placed third in the southeast region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.  She went on to win the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, which awarded her full tuition and a living stipend.

Maria Valdes is a Georgia native and attended Georgia State University where she studied with Richard Clement.  For five years she was a staff soloist at All-Saints’ Episcopal Church, where she gave two recitals on their concert series.  She has been heard in concert with ensembles including the Georgia State University Singers, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, the choirs of Emory University, Bent Frequency, and at the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington.  Valdes is thrilled to be returning to San Francisco as an Adler Fellow in January 2014. 

Thomas Glenn

Tenor, Thomas Glenn has performed at the San Francisco Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Netherlands Opera and The English National Opera among others.  His roles include Ferrando in Così fan tutte and the title role in La clemenza di Tito, as well as Italian bel canto roles such as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

Thomas is a graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera where he created the role of Physicist, Robert Wilson in the world premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic.  He reprised this role in many productions and won a Grammy Award for his participation in the 2011 recording with the Metropolitan Opera on the SONY label. Thomas holds three degrees in music performance: a bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, a master’s from The University of Michigan and a doctorate from Florida State University.  He is a past winner of the Concours International de Chant de Canari, France and a semi-finalist in the Monserrat Caballé Competition.

Efraín Solís

Mexican-American baritone Efraín Solís has performed a variety of roles including the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music he performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In the spring of 2013 he joined Opera Santa Barbara as a member of their Studio Artist Program where he sang the role of Il Notaio and covered Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale. As a participant of the 2013 Merola Opera Program he sang Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and covered the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro. Chosen as a finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2013 Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, he holds a Bachelor of Music from Chapman University and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.