CONTACT PATRON SERVICES

(408) 437-4450
boxoffice@operasj.org
M–F 10am–4pm

Meet the company

Opera San José is an opera company located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Maintaining a resident company of artists, OSJ presents four mainstage productions annually in San Jose’s historic California Theatre, while regularly broadcasting fully-produced productions from its state-of-the-art Heiman Digital Media Studio. Entering its 38th season, OSJ specializes in role debuts, serving as an artistic incubator for established and emerging artists alike, producing world-class operatic performances for diverse audiences throughout the Bay Area and around the globe.

Music Director Joseph Marcheso

Joseph Marcheso is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera San José where he has led the Company in over 25 productions. Since his appointment in 2014, Mo. Marcheso has dedicated his career to raising the Company’s artistic stature and reputation in partnership with longtime principal collaborator Khori Dastoor. Mo. Marcheso’s musical leadership has been an essential element in elevating Opera San José to a nationally recognized company by raising the orchestra to newfound prominence through a series of high-profile, critically acclaimed productions, among them the world premiere of Mark Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, the West Coast premiere of Puts’ and Campbell’s Silent Night and a new co-production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick. This fall, Mo. Marcheso will lead the company’s return to in-person performances at the California Theatre with both a new production of Dido & Aeneas, and the long awaited return of Carmen.

Marcheso’s commitment to education and expansion of opportunity – as well as to the originating mission of Opera San José– led to his creation of the position of Resident Conductor. This initiative, which gives emerging professionals the opportunity to conduct rehearsals and performances of a full season of operas while working alongside a variety of conductors and artists, has become the most comprehensive professional opera conducting program in the United States.

Mo. Marcheso also serves on the conducting staff of the San Francisco Opera, and has collaborated with many of the world’s leading conductors and singers on works that are their specialty. He has covered and rehearsed among other operas, Der Ring, Die Meistersinger (Wagner) Elektra (Strauss), Les Troyens (Berlioz), Billy Budd (Britten), Nixon in China (Adams) and Jenufa (Janacek) as well as the world premieres of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (Adamo), Dolores Claiborne, (Picker), Dream of the Red Chamber (Sheng) and Girls of the Golden West (Adams)

Mr. Marcheso is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a resident of Berkeley, California where he lives with his beloved husband and 2 year old son. Special subjects include Winnie the Pooh and the Real Housewives of NYC, Beverly Hills and Atlanta.

More information is available at https://www.josephmarcheso.com/

CONTACT US

Patron Services Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

Phone: 408-437-4450
Email: boxoffice@operasj.org

Development:
development@operasj.org

Press Room

Read the latest press coverage of Opera San José, including features and reviews.

Peruse OSJ’s press releases, and learn about our upcoming projects.

Financials

As Opera San José is a non-profit organization, we publicly publish our annual financial reports on a rolling basis.

COMPANY HISTORY

Opera San José is a professional opera company located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Singular in the United States, Opera San José maintains a resident company of principal artists serving as an incubator for emerging operatic talent. Opera San José presents mainstage productions and concerts, and maintains extensive educational programs for the community at large. Most recently, the company has developed the Heiman Digital Media Studio and Initiative. This fully outfitted media lab allows for a new programming arm of the company to produced and design works specifically for digital capture….

Board of Trustees

Member
Phyllis Bismanovsky

Member
Mimi Carlson

Member
George Crow

General Director
Khori Dastoor

Earned Income Committee Chair
Jane Decker

Member
Julie Edgcomb

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Charles F. Hanes

Member
Peggy Heiman

Member
John Heineke

Secretary
Jennifer A.R. Hsu

Member
N. Eric Jorgensen

Contributed Income Committee Chair
Michael H. Kalkstein

Member
Larry Kern

Member
Cathy R. Lazarus

Member
Jeanne McCann

Member
Pravesh Mehra

President
Gillian Moran

Member
Dr. H. Andrea Neves

 

Member
Vijay Vaidyanathan

Audit Chair
Dr. Brian Ward

Interested in serving on Opera San José's board? Email development@operasj.org to learn more.

Staff

Head of Music Staff
Veronika Agranov-Dafoe

Technical Director
John Draginoff

Artistic Projects Administrator
Andrew Elsesser

Orchestra Manager
Evan Kahn

Scene Shop Supervisor
Chris Kesel

Patron Services Manager Kristina Miller

Costume Director
Alyssa Oania

Accountant
Mike Monje

Individual Giving Manager
Noritaka Okada

IT Administrator
Bill Orrach

Managing Director of Institutional Advancement
Claire Padien-Havens

Patron Services Representative
Johnny Villar

Properties Master
Lori Scheper-Kesel

Interim Director of Marketing & Communications
Pamela Sevilla

Managing Director, Artistic Operations
Monica Thakkar

Lead Electrician
Matthew Vandercook

Managing Director, Finance & Administration
James Williams

Orchestra Members

First Violin

Concertmaster
Cynthia Baehr-Williams

Assistant Concertmaster
Rochelle Nguyen

Matthew Szemela

Valerie Tisdel

Chính Lê 

Virginia Smedberg

Second Violin

Principal
Claudia Bloom

Assistant Principal
Ellen Flanagan

Susan Stein

Shin Sue-mi

Elizabeth Corner

Sergi Goldman-Hull

Viola

Principal
Chad Kaltinger

Assistant Principal
Janet Doughty

Melinda Rayne

Ivo Bokulic

Cello

Principal
Evan Kahn

Assistant Principal
Isaac Pastor-Chermak

Paul Hale

Bass

Principal
Andy Butler

Assistant Principal
William Everett

Flute

James Blanchard

Mary Hargrove

Piccolo

Mary Hargrove

Oboe

Principal
Patricia Emerson Mitchell

Pamela Hakl Economos

Clarinet

Principal
Mark Brandenburg

James Pytko

Bassoon

Principal
Debbie Kramer

Carolyn Lockhart

French Horn

Principal
Meredith Brown

Eric Achen

Caitlyn Smith Franklin

Trumpet

Principal
Bill Harvey

John Freeman

Trombone

Principal
Katie Curran

Bruce Chrisp

Bass Trombone

CL Behrens

Harp

Karen Thielen

Timpani/Percussion

VACANT

Board of Friends of OSJ

President
Bonnie Williams

Vice President
Marilyn Sefchovich

Secretary
Barbara Brosh

Treasurer
Sheryl Kelly

Recruitment and Development
Jeanne Lyons

Newsletter Editor
Meera Prahlad

Events
Linda Riebel

Membership
Suzanne Sarro

Volunteers
Joyce Scott

Cultural Outings
Jim Stauffer

Communications
Nancy Valencia

Opera at your Doorstep
Brad Wade

Interested in volunteering with the Friends of Opera San José? Email friends@operasj.org.

Emeritus Council

Member
Richard Dorsay

Member
Frank Fiscalini

Member
Glen Gould

Secretary
Rita Horiguchi

Member
Lee Rosen

Member
Don Schmidek

Member
Jerry Seelig

Member
Jan Telesky

Member
Melody Walsh

President
Laurie Warner

Member
Dick Whitney