Founded in 1973, the Opera League of Tucson is Arizona Opera’s original volunteer and support organization. Serving the city from Oro Valley to Green Valley, Opera League members enjoy exclusive events from gourmet dining and cocktail socials, to special concerts, themed fundraisers, and management of the Shopera at the Opera, our pre-show and intermission gift shop that showcases crafts and jewelry from some of Tucson’s finest local artisans.
Ingrid Miller is the League president.
Opera Southwest’s Mission is to produce quality, professional, enjoyable and accessible opera in an intimate setting to audiences of all ages. Moreover, we play a leadership role in arts education in our community.
Opera Southwest incorporated in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre and since then has been producing world-class opera in Albuquerque. Opera Southwest’s outreach programs provide an invaluable service by developing free or very low-cost presentations for school children and underserved individuals or groups.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Opera Guild believes that the life lessons drawn from creative expression are the foundation of confidence and integrity. Celebrating 75 years of offering enthralling, award winning K-12 education programs and engaging community outreach programs, our mission is to give voice to potential, extending the impact of opera and bringing it center stage into the life of the community.
With the help of our donors and sponsors, we create programs that nurture the expressive nature in students, inspiring them to make positive choices and helping them grow to become conscientious, sensitive and culturally aware adults. Through our fundraising and San Francisco Opera Guild’s education fund, “A Gift for All Seasons,” more than 50,000 students in nearly 200 schools throughout Northern California find their voices each year, benefiting from the power of arts education as only opera can deliver.
San Francisco Opera Guild’s five Chapters reach thousands of people annually—through lectures, events and news—and encourage an appreciation of the art form, ensuring the ongoing relevance of and interest in opera.
Susan Malott is the managing director.
In 1975 Marietta Atherton organized a group of women who founded the Stockton Opera Guild. The purpose of the Guild was, and remains today, to promote public interest in operatic music along with the Stockton Opera Association. For over 30 years, the Guild has sponsored fund-raising events, assisted in the financial support of the Stockton Opera Association, and has a Scholarship program open to all San Joaquin County vocal students.
Guild membership is limited to 35 active members who demonstrate the capacity to actively participate in community work, who are sympathetic to the purpose of the Association, and who are able to participate fully in the work of the Guild.
Since its beginnings, Guild members have served as hostesses for the Opera Association’s annual Moonlight Melodies preparing hors d’oeuvres and welcoming attendees, ushering at opera productions, and hosting the artists’ reception. The extraordinary and enthusiastic members of the Guild have an Opera Season Kick-off party in the fall, and annual spring Gala.
Beverly Fitch McCarthy is the guild president.
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (“Guilds, Inc.”) is the umbrella corporation that oversees the six opera guilds in the State of New Mexico.
In their 50 years of existence, the six guilds of The Santa Fe Opera have initiated a variety of programs and continue to work in collaboration with the company. These include:
Acting as chaperons for the Opera’s “Dress Rehearsal Nights
Hosting the Preview Buffet Dinners at the Dapples Pavilion during the season
Staffing the summer season backstage tour program
Hosting the Saturday morning “Opera Insiders” breakfasts and back stage tours during the summer opera season.
Norman Doggett is the guilds’ president.
Los Angeles, CA
The Opera League of Los Angeles was founded in 1981, dedicated to supporting LA Opera and to stimulating interest and participation in opera in the Southern California community. Opera League members have opportunities to attend Seminars, Musicales, Backstage Magic programs, the Season Preview, and social gatherings held at various locations around Southern California. They also volunteer for a variety of tasks–preparation of cast dinners during rehearsal periods, assisting at LA Opera’s many educational and community events, working at the Opera League Boutique, and others.
Gayle Kirschbaum is the league president.
The Valley Friends of Arizona Opera is the company’s newest volunteer and support organization, having been founded at the beginning of the 2011-2012 Arizona Opera season. Our mission is to support Arizona Opera to grow and prosper by attracting new audiences, engaging new and existing patrons, and raising funds. In addition to helping Arizona Opera produce high-quality operas throughout Arizona, members of the organization enjoy attending exciting events in the company of other opera lovers. The Valley Friends of Arizona Opera is overseen by an elected Board of Directors. Membership includes, but is not limited to, the greater Phoenix area.
Kimberley Smith is the guild president.