2018 Benefit Concert – SFA in Love
We’re excited to announce our 2018 Concert was a huge success!
As always, our 2018 fundraising concert showcased an incredible variety, beautiful orchestrations, and exceptional guest artists. This year’s theme was “SFA in Love” and we sang music from a diverse selection of genres including: “Someone to Love” by Queen, “Barcarolle” by Offenbach, “Seasons of Love” from Rent, AND MORE!
The 2018 SFA Fundraising concert event was held on April 15th, 2018, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Help us make our upcoming 2019 season a success by donating as we begin planning for our 2019 season.
2018 Concert Videos
Click on thumbnails below to watch videos from our 2018 Benefit Concert
Featured Guest Performers
A tenor whose voice was described by Opera News as being, “blessed with freshness”, Michael has performed roles with Theater an der Wien, Opera San Jose, Microscopic Opera, Knoxville Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera to Go, Livermore Valley Opera, Virginia Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival, Tricities Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as with New York Harlem Productions on a European tour of 6 countries. On the concert stage, Mr. Dailey has been a featured tenor soloist with the Virginia Choral Society, Todi Music Festival, Schola Cantorum, South Valley Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Diablo Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Chorale, Nova Vista Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony, Cole Porter Society, and on the Avedis Concert series.
Niki Haris, is a celebrated singer, dancer, songwriter, and choreographer. She is the daughter of Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gene Harris, and she certainly inherited his talent for music and performance. This dynamic woman has worked with a multitude of recording artist ranging from Pop, R&B, to Jazz. Her live performances and recording experience reads like a who’s who of the music world: Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Patrice Rushen, Michael Sembello, Leann Rimes, Michelle Branch, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, All Saints, Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, the Righteous Bros., Julian Lennon, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and Madonna, with whom she recorded and toured for 18 years.
Ben Jones has been hailed as “First-rate” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “Show-stopping” by San Francisco Classical Voice. His versatile voice has been featured on recordings on the Albany label, on “A Prairie Home Companion”, on the soundtracks for the best-selling video game franchises Halo and Civilization, and on commercials for Coors Light and Meow Mix. Jones has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. In the theatre, Jones has shown a vast range, appearing in Guys and Doll, Follies, Show Boat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats, Sweeney Todd, and San Francisco’s world-famous revue Beach Blanket Babylon. In January 2018, Jones took the stage with the San Francisco Symphony in Candide in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday.
SFA Chorus Soloists
California native Buffy Baggott has gained recognition throughout the United States as an accomplished and highly versatile lyric mezzo soprano. She studied vocal performance at UCLA and San Francisco State Universities, went on to complete two apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and is an alumnus of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, now known as the Ryan Opera Center. Ms. Baggott maintains a private voice studio in the San Francisco/Bay Area and served on the Bay View Music Festival’s voice faculty from 2009-2012. She is a member of AGMA, Sing for America, The East Bay Opera League and The Viviamo Opera Quartet.
Roberta Bowman, mezzo soprano, has been a participating member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus since 1976. This makes thirty one opera contracts stacking up in her work file. To say that music is an important part of her life would be an understatement. She agrees with Nietzche when he said, “without music, life would be a mistake.” Having graduated with a degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley, Roberta finds variety in her musical life by also working for the San Francisco Boys Chorus in the financial department and for the newly formed San Francisco Festival Chorale as an administrator.
Ricardo Campero received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. He is a past winner in the Regional Metropolitan Opera competition. Known for his effortless lyrical voice, Mr. Campero is in demand as a soloist, appearing in recital for the Sonora Bach Festival and The St. James Recital Series in Sonora, and as a featured soloist for the Stockton Opera Gala, the Ripon Oratorio Society, the Stockton Chorale, and Townsend Opera Players. He has also performed with the San Francisco Festival Chorus and the California Choral Company.
An alumna of San Francisco Opera Center’s Adler Fellowship program, Nicolle Foland sang many roles with San Francisco Opera, including Musetta in La bohème and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. She has sung the role of Violetta in La Traviata with Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has performed with Los Angeles Opera, Opera Bilbao in Spain, and Seattle Opera as Musetta. She has debuted other leading roles with New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Santa Fe Opera. Orchestral appearances include the San Francisco Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ja’ala Goodman-Robinson is a Hawaii native that recently moved to San Francisco. Her passion for music traces back to the shores of Waikiki, where her parents regularly played in a community drum circle. The sound of congas, saxophones, tambourines and flutes filled the men and women hearts, and moved them to a visceral song and dance. The children played on the salty sands and in the warm oceans of Queen Kapiʻolani Park. Ja’ala saw this and was pleased. Inspired, she later attended performing arts programs throughout high school and college. After many years of silence she lifts her voice to Sing for America.
Bass-Baritone John Kerr is a native of Detroit, Michigan. John is ecstatic to be performing with Sing for America. In addition to singing with a great group of people and raising money for refugees, his solo doesn’t involve any villainy. Previous roles include Blich (Susannah), Wolf (Into the Woods), and Antonio (Nozze di Figaro). John has performed with L’Opera Piccola, Da Corneto Opera, and Bowen Park Opera in Chicago. He studied voice with Kathryn Hartgrove and Keven Keyes. John was the director of the St Vincent Ensemble and Festival Choirs for Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Jay Krohnengold is happy to be back for his third year with SFA. With a host of credits as actor, singer, and Vocal Director, Jay has appeared in drama, light opera, and musical theater throughout California, New York, and Switzerland. Most recent vocal direction credits include The Addams Family Musical; The Fantasticks, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Recent stage credits include All is Calm; ALWAYS… Patsy Cline, Duff – Landscape; Fredrik – A Little Night Music; Rita – Prelude to a Kiss; Tommy – Brigadoon; Sam – Plaza Suite, and Kurt Weil’s Berlin To Broadway.
Michael P. Mendelsohn is a native of Valley Stream, Long Island, now a resident of the Bay Area. Frequently seen on the stage, Mr. Mendelsohn recently made his company debut with Opera San Jose as Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette and Goro in Madama Butterfly. Other roles include Sellem in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Alfred in Northbay Opera’s highly successful production of Die Fledermaus, Normanno in West Bay Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Spoletta in Tosca with Pacific Repertory Opera.
Bass-Baritone William Pickersgill is a Bay Area native and has an extensive operatic repertoire.William has been a mainstay with The San Francisco Opera Chorus for over 20 years and has performed numerous roles on the SFO stage including: Keeper of the madhouse (A Rakes Progress), 1st apparition (Macbeth), and Arthur Jones (Billy Budd) to name a few. He has performed lead roles in Germany and Austria: with Hagen Opera William sang such roles as Daland (Flying Dutchman), Rocco (Fidelio), Ramfis (Aida), and Basilio (The Barber of Seville), as well as many roles in operetta and musical theater.
Tenor Pedro Rodelas is a Bay Area native and graduate of the University of Maryland Opera Studio. Pedro has performed principal roles in La Boheme, Carmen, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Faust, The Merry Widow, and Gianni Schicchi. Musical theater credits include Tony in West Side Story, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Che in Evita, Jean Valjean in Les Misérable, Emile De Becque in South Pacific, the Emcee in Cabaret, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, and most recently, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. This is Pedro’s 5th year singing with the Sing for America Chorus.
The Arlington Today Magazine described Sabrina as bringing “music to our ears and our souls.” She has performed with Opera Parallèle, San Francisco Opera’s Education Outreach, Old First Concerts, San Diego Opera, BASOTI, Halifax Summer Opera Festival and CoOPERAtive. Highlighted roles include: The title role in the world premiere Xochitl and the Flowers , Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Sister Catherine (Dead Man Walking), Barbarina and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) , Claudia Nardi (Nine), and Little Red (Into the Woods). Sabrina holds her master’s degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studies with Jane Randolph.