Regional Coordinator:  Judy Vander Heide

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Liaison to Australia

Opera Southwest Guild

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 as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. The 2011-2012 season is Opera Southwest’s 39th year of 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.
Whether new to opera or a longtime fan, membership in the Opera Southwest (OSW) Guild offers you an unparalleled local opportunity to enjoy and learn more about opera while also supporting OSW.

Gerogia Meyer-Hayes is the president of the guild.

1308 Hall Ct. SW

Albuquerque, NM 87105 USA
Ph: 505-888-7376

The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc.

The Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc. (known locally as "Guilds, Inc.") is the umbrella corporation which oversees the six opera guildsin 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
(with volunteers in general) to work in collaboration with the company. These include:
* Acting as chaperons for the Opera's "Dress Rehearsal Nights" (formerly known as Youth Nights" until 2014).
* Hosting the Preview Buffet Dinners at the Dapples Pavilion during the season.
* Staffing the summer season backstage tour program. (Monday to Friday, 9am)
* Hosting the Saturday morning "Opera Insiders" breakfasts and back stage tours during the summer opera season.

Elaine Re is the president.

P. O. Box 2658

Santa Fe, NM 87504 USA
Ph: 888-666-3430

The Opera League of Los Angeles

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.

The president of the League is Marlene Chavez.

P.O. Box 49933

Los Angeles, CA 90049-0933 USA
Ph: 213.972.7220

San Francisco Opera Guild

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.

At a time when funding is a challenge and the arts are hard to come by in many school settings, it is more important than ever to foster students' innovative and creative hearts and minds. We share our passion with today’s teachers. 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.

The president of the guild is Jane Mudge.
Susan Malott is managing director.

301 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102 USA
Ph: (415) 565-3291

Stockton Opera Guild

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.

The president of the guild is Beverly Fitch McCarthy.

215 West Stadium Drive

Stockton, CA 95204 USA
Ph: 209-463-6957

Valley Friends of Arizona Opera

The Valley Friends of Arizona Opera is the company’s newest volunteer & 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, President

2915 E. Nora St.

Mesa, AZ 85213 USA

Friends of Opera San Jose

As Opera San José’s volunteer auxiliary, Friends of Opera San José is the primary volunteer support group for Opera San José. We cordially invite you to become a member and join those of us who volunteer our time and energy “behind the scenes.”

Friends of Opera San José offers volunteer opportunities in a range of opera-related activities, from education and special events to community outreach. Volunteers set their own hours of involvement and then enjoy the rewards of participation and receive added benefits extended by the auxiliary.

Linda Riebel is president.

3350 Hermosa Way

Lafayette, CA 94549 USA
Ph: 925-945-1785

San Diego Opera

The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance.
Through excellence in innovative programming and education, San Diego Opera provides a lasting cultural service to the community.
Our tradition of excellence in fully staged opera is augmented with new models of opera and venues. Our unique and deep commitment to the community propels us to explore ways of increasing affordability and accessibility.
Through fiscal responsibility and nimble adaptation to the changing marketplace, we protect the future of San Diego Opera.
Our educational and community involvement coupled with relevant programming will build the audience of the future.

Carol Lazier is the Board President

233 A Street
Suite 500
San Diego, CA 92101 USA
Ph: 619-232-7636

Arizona Opera League of Tucson

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 and themed fundraisers. This year we are excited to announce our continued 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. Be sure to pay us a visit at Tucson Music Hall – all proceeds go to benefit the magic you see on stage!

History & Board
40 years ago, James Sullivan, founder of the Tucson Opera Company, asked six local business women for their support of his infant company. In 1973, the Opera Dames were founded and quickly developed into a successful fundraising arm for the opera company. “Mi Casa Es Su Casa” or "my house is your house", proved to be the beginning of the Tucson Annual Home Tour, a tradition that lasted 39 years with incredible fundraising success. Other memorable events included “Bella Notte”, beautiful formal affairs, luncheons, teas, and rummage sales. The Dames did whatever was necessary to help support opera in Arizona, and their success saw membership numbers grow dramatically. In 1978, the opera company expanded into Phoenix and officially changed its name to the Arizona Opera. Ten years later, the “Dames” reinvented themselves as the Arizona Opera League, Tucson.

Duane Neidig is president.

7887 N. La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85741 USA
Ph: 520-329-8156