“American Idols” of opera, SFO’s Heidi Melton and Leah Crocetto, win big bucks $75,000

By Cindy Warner [SF Examiner, 8 July 2009]

Remember when Maestro Donald Runnicles conducted the Verdi Requiem as his auf Wiedersehen to San Francisco? Headlining soprano Patricia Racette had to bow out the day before due to illness, opening the stage door for Adler Fellow Heidi Melton to step up? Heidi was fresh off of a win in New York of $10,000 and she’s won the big bucks again in Los Angeles, this time $25,000.