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Welcome to our virtual paddle raise!

At this time, our community needs the arts more than ever, and your continued support will ensure that we are able to share the passion and joy of opera in the months and seasons ahead.  While we are unable to be physically together for our annual fundraiser, we hope that you consider supporting Opera San José by raising your paddle below.  These extraordinary times call for special gifts and we are proud to be able to offer unique experiences in thanks to our OSJ family.


Levels of Giving


Ensemble Sponsor

Raise your paddle for music so beautiful it astounds you.  Your gift as an ensemble supporter allows us to fulfill our mission of being an incubator for emerging operatic talent.

As a special thank you for your leadership gift, we will curate a full length concert featuring an ensemble of singers and musicians for your private home or garden event. Whether you prefer show-stopping arias, show tunes, or rare gems, we will create a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime musical experience for your friends and family.

Artist Sponsor

From the moment of OSJ’s conception, our mission has been to provide an artistic home for emerging talent in opera.  Your gift as an Artist Sponsor will help make operatic dreams a reality by supporting the training, skills and experience artists needs to succeed in the opera world.

As a special thank you for our Artist Sponsors, we will provide a soloist performance for an intimate recital, salon or private event.  Examples could include an afternoon of beautiful flute music from OSJ trustee, Mimi Carlson, an evening salon with Music Director Joseph Marcheso, or a Resident Artist performing a song cycle at your special event.  We will work with you to customize this extraordinary experience.

Stephanie Sanchez: Mezzo-soprano

sanchez4_headshot Opera San José Resident Artist


Backstage Sponsor

Opera is the art of collaboration. From makeup artists, to lighting technicians, skilled stitchers and multi-tasking stage managers, it takes a village to create an opera. Your gift as a Backstage Sponsor will support the amazing complexity that sets the stage for those “goosebump” moments.

As a special thank you, we will curate an experience that allows you to peek beyond the curtain of the California Theatre.  Become a stagehand for the day, sit in the Orchestra Pit, or learn the tricks of the trade from our wig and makeup artists.  Deepen your understanding of how it all comes together.


Directors Sponsor

A lifetime of unique experiences, deep operatic knowledge, artistic expertise, and an absolute devotion to the art form is just the tip of the iceberg for what is required to become a leader in the opera field.  As a Directors Sponsor, you understand the importance of having a strong leader at the helm of our company.

As a special thank you, enjoy a private dinner with General Director Khori Dastoor, Larry Hancock or Music Director Joseph Marcheso.

General Director Khori Dastoor

Larry Hancock

Music Director Joseph Marcheso


Showcase Sponsor

Being in the presence of a singer reaching a triumphant high C or finding a breathtakingly delicate pianissimo is an otherworldly experience.  As a Showcase Sponsor, you understand the awe-inspiring power of the human voice.

Showcase Sponsors will enjoy an exclusive “pop-up” performance for you and your loved ones.  Choose from your favorite arias and we will come to your driveway, porch or lawn for a delightful, impromptu performance.


Digital Sponsor

During this unprecedented time, we have been hard at work creating new methods to provide moments of musical joy, educational experiences and behind-the- scenes glimpses for our OSJ family. You gift will support the creation and development of our online content.

As a special thank you, we have three gifts for you to choose from:

Experience a private digital coaching or conducting lesson from Maestro Joseph Marcheso, enjoy a digital coffee date with General Director Khori Dastoor or Larry Hancock; or, consult with one of our designers to have your favorite OSJ set design customized for your virtual zoom background.

Music Director Joseph Marcheso



Supporting us now is more meaningful than ever. To show our appreciation, we will send you or a friend or loved one a customized digital singing telegram.


General Support

For a gift of any size, our special thanks to you is a cotton face mask made from our talented craftspeople in our costume and props shops.

Opera San José has brought world class opera to the Bay Area for over 35 years,

and with your support we will continue for decades to come.


Thank you for you for being a part of the Opera San José family!