Digital Media INITIATIVE

The Heiman Digital Media Studio is made possible by a generous lead donation from Opera San José trustee Peggy Heiman in honor of her late husband, devoted Opera San José supporter Fred Heiman. The company will offer up a series of performances headlined by OSJ’s 2020/21 Resident Artists, including concerts, recitals, in-conversation events, master classes, artist meet & greets, and fully produced operas created specifically for digital broadcast.

At the core of our mission is the support and development of a dynamic cohort of emerging artists, and we will continue to fulfill that mission during the current pandemic. With this new space we will be able to safely perform smaller scale operas with theatrical lighting, sets, and appropriate musical accompaniment, utilizing state-of-the-art cameras and audio equipment to create works that can be enjoyed by at-home audiences. This thrilling new venture will enable us to continue our work as an incubator for emerging artists and producer of accessible, world-class operatic performances, while maintaining mitigation efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Peggy Heiman


George L. Crow
Michael Kalkstein & Susan English
Jan & Don Schmidek


Lawrence Kern


Bernice Lindstrom


Charles Hanes
Glen Gould & Bunny Laden
Lorraine & Gerard Seelig Foundation


Tony Nespole, MD