Dear cherished OSJ Patron,
In recent weeks, I have been in conversation with local artists and freelance musicians whose livelihoods and security have been upended by this unimaginable crisis of COVID-19. As an incubator for world-class operatic talent, Opera San Josè’s mission is rooted in the support and development of the artists who make the Bay Area their home.
On Wednesday, March 11, we announced the establishment of the Opera San José Artists and Musicians Relief Fund, an emergency cash reserve that we will draw from in the months ahead to provide support to the musicians, singers, carpenters, stitchers, designers and other hourly company members that make our productions possible and will be deeply affected by COVID-19.
My tenure as general director has certainly gotten off to an unexpected start. I well remember being an OSJ resident artist in 2008 when, during performances for L’elisir d’amore, my colleagues and I watched from the stage of the California Theatre as our audiences dwindled from many hundreds to a few scattered dozens in a matter of days. In the years following, the company came together to rebuild itself. So, too, will the current crisis pass and we will emerge more resilient, focused, and united than ever. We are banding together in support of one another as we always have during moments of challenge.
Click here to donate to the Opera San José Artists and Musicians Relief Fund.
Thank you for your many messages and gestures of support. Our community will need the arts more than ever in the months ahead. With your support, we will be prepared and ready to meet that need.
Wishing you all health and peace,
Khori Dastoor, General Director