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Opera Department Showcases First Graduating Class of Artist Diploma Program

Four of the five students in this year's Opera Artist Diploma program are graduating this year. One will return next year, joined by two current SFCM students.

May 13, 2024 by Alex Heigl

Students in SFCM's first highly selective Opera Artist Diploma program put on a triumphant show on May 2, with some of the performers making their last appearance on the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall stage before they graduate and embark on their professional careers.

The evening showcased some of opera's biggest composers, from Verdi to Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Puccini, Bizet, and Rossini, and also featured a high-profile guest star: 2013 Voice grad Efraín Solís, who currently performs as part of the LA Opera cast. 

At least a few members will be staying local, Nathan Bryon, will be sticking around San Francisco after he graduates: Along with recent SFCM grad Lindsay Martin, Bryon has been accepted into the San Francisco Opera's prestigious Merola Program in 2024, one of the most prestigious opera training programs in the world. Two other grads, Hyesoo Kim and Chea Kang, have already notched performances with the Oakland Symphony and the SF Opera, respectively. 

SFCM Opera Artist Diploma Showcase

The showcase took place in SFCM's Caroline H. Hume concert hall, and performers were able to take advantage of some of the recent enhancements to the space. Though still a work in progress, the Hume upgrades already in place and seen during recent performances include mobile hall trusses, lighting infrastructure changes, and mounted projectors that display vast, colorful, and detailed images across the concert hall to create a fully immersive visual and musical experience.

The individualized, non-degree program Artist Diploma program is designed for the artist on the path to a professional performance career. Based around an apprenticeship model, those enrolled receive professional development and management support individually from faculty and guest artists.

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