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40th Anniversary Celebrity Dinner

September 9, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

40th Anniversary Celebrity Dinner

Presented by the Opera San José Emeritus Council

Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration as Opera San José proudly presents its 40th Anniversary Celebrity Dinner! Mark your calendars for September 9, 2023, as we commemorate this momentous occasion.

The festivities kick off at 4:30 PM with a lavish dinner at Il Fornaio at the Westin St. Claire that will tantalize your taste buds and set the stage for an extraordinary night. While enjoying delectable cuisine, you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with a constellation of celebrities who will grace the event. Prepare to rub shoulders with luminaries like Barbara Day Turner, Larry Hancock, Joseph Marcheso, Shawna Lucey, Eugene Broncoveanu, Nathan Stark, Susan Gundunas, Tara Branham, Daniel Cilli, Kirk Eichelberger, Stephen Guggenheim, Sandra Rubalcava-Bengochea, Christopher Bengochea, and Adam Flowers. Engage in captivating conversations, seek autographs, and revel in the presence of these esteemed individuals. 

But the excitement continues long after dinner concludes. Following the culinary delights, you’ll be whisked away to witness the opening night of Romeo and Juliet, a mesmerizing performance brought to life by the talented artists of Opera San José.* Experience the timeless tale of love and tragedy, captivatingly portrayed on stage. And here’s the icing on the cake: once the curtains close, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to mingle with the cast at the dazzling after party. Share your admiration for their remarkable performances, snap photos, and create memories to cherish forever.

Embrace this unique chance to immerse yourself in the world of opera, surrounded by celebrities and the passionate cast of Romeo and Juliet. Secure your spot now for the Opera San José 40th Anniversary Celebrity Dinner and be part of a truly enchanting evening. It’s an event that promises to leave you starstruck and spellbound!

Tickets to Romeo and Juliet are not included in the dinner price. As a Celebrity Dinner Ticket Holder, if you transfer your subscriber tickets, you will have priority seating for opening night, ensuring you receive the best available seats.  

Benefits vary by ticket level. The ticket price may be tax deductible minus the fair market value of $150 per ticket or $1,350 for table sponsors. Please consult with your tax advisor on the value and deductibility of this purchase.

For information on hotel accomodations and valet parking please visit the Westin San Jose.



40th Supporter

Join us as a 40th Supporter and enjoy an extraordinary evening of celebration! Your ticket includes a delectable dinner, priority seating for the captivating performance of Romeo and Juliet, and a special commemorative gift to cherish. Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Opera San Jose’s 40th Anniversary, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Cost- $300/per person


  • Tickets to the dinner
  • Priority seating for Romeo and Juliet*
  • Special gift at the Theatre

*Tickets to Romeo and Juliet are not included in the ticket price. Priority seating is for the transfer of existing tickets or the purchase of new seats.

Choose your Celebrity

Elevate your experience by becoming a Choose Your Celebrity ticket holder! In addition to all the benefits of the 40th Supporter level, you’ll have the exclusive privilege of selecting which celebrity table you wish to join during the dinner. Indulge in captivating conversations and forge connections with the luminaries of the evening. Afterward, join us at the after-party to revel in the vibrant ambiance alongside the cast and other esteemed guests.

Cost- $500/per person


  • All the benefits of the 40th Supporter level
  • Choose which celebrity table you sit at during dinner
  • Access to the after party

*Tickets to Romeo and Juliet are not included in the ticket price. Priority seating is for the transfer of existing tickets or the purchase of new seats.

    Irene Dalis Table Sponsor

    For those seeking an elevated experience, become an Irene Dalis table Sponsor and enjoy a truly luxurious evening. As a table sponsor, you’ll receive a sumptuous dinner for a party of nine and your choice of OSJ Celebrity, along with all the benefits of the Choose Your Celebrity level. Additionally, you’ll have exclusive access to the prestigious Irene Dalis Lounge before the performance and during intermission, where you can relax, indulge in delectable treats, and mingle with fellow sponsors. Immerse yourself in the pinnacle of elegance and support Opera San Jose’s 40th Anniversary in style.

    Cost- $7,500/per table


      • Dinner for 9 people with your chosen celebrity
      • All the benefits of the Choose Your Celebrity level
      • Priority for picking your celebrity table
      • Access to the Irene Dalis Lounge preshow and during Intermission
      • Listing in the program, recognizing your generous support

      *Tickets to Romeo and Juliet are not included in the ticket price. Priority seating is for the transfer of existing tickets or the purchase of new seats.

      Party Only!

      Calling all party enthusiasts! Get ready to join us at the after-party and revel in a night of vibrant energy and celebration. The Party Only! Ticket grants you access to the after-party, where you’ll have the chance to mingle with the cast, celebrities, and other attendees. Please note that tickets for the Party Only! option will go on sale in August, based on availablity. Be sure to mark your calendars and secure your spot to make memories to last a lifetime.

      Cost- $100/per person

      Tickets go on sale in August


      September 9, 2023
      4:30 pm - 11:30 pm


      St. Claire Hotel/ The Westin
      302 South Market Street
      San Jose, CA 95113
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