Our Company

Founded in 1965, San Diego Opera is a highly regarded member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego region.

Company Mission Image


The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community partnerships, and the transformative and expressive power of the human voice.

Company Vision Image


San Diego Opera will be recognized globally as a leading example of adaptability, innovation and sustainability, promoting diversity on stage, in our repertoire, and in our staff and leadership, with a commitment to world-class and emerging talent, and innovative use of technology.

Core Values

Through excellence in innovative programming and education and a commitment to equity, San Diego Opera provides a lasting cultural service to our diverse community.

  • Our tradition of exceptional productions of grand opera is augmented with new expressions of opera in diverse settings.
  • Our deep commitment to our community propels us to embrace inclusivity, accessibility and affordability.
  • Through fiscal responsibility and nimble adaptation to changing environments, we ensure the future of San Diego Opera for our community.

Our History

San Diego Opera is a widely respected member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego region. San Diego Opera Guild was founded in 1950 to present San Francisco Opera productions in the San Diego community. San Diego Opera Association was incorporated in 1965 as a producing company and presented its first staging of La bohème in the newly opened San Diego Civic Theatre.

San Diego Opera’s acclaimed productions regularly brought internationally renowned artists to perform in San Diego throughout the Company’s season. The Company’s education program is one of the most extensive and diverse opera education and outreach programs in North America, bringing music and arts to 100,000 school children annually in San Diego County and Northern Mexico.

San Diego Opera is committed to creating a future for opera and the vocal arts by presenting exciting and exceptional performances to diverse audiences through the transformative power of live performance, innovative programming, accessibility and community relevance.

Performance History

Financials and Governance

Annual Reports

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2015

San Diego Opera Association

Association Bylaws
[Amended June, 2021]

Governance Guidelines
[Amended June, 2021]

Form 990s

2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Audited Financial Statements

2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Board of Directors’ Charters

Finance Committee Charter
[Last Amended January, 2020]

Audit Committee Charter
[Last Amended May, 2019]

Development Committee Charter
[Last Amended September, 2019]

Strategic Planning Committee Charter
View PDF

Governance Committee Charter
View PDF

Board Code of Conduct
View PDF

San Diego Opera locations

Administrative Office

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Telephone: 619-232-7636
Fax: 619-231-6915
Email: info@sdopera.org

Patron Services Office

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Telephone: 619-533-7000
Email: tickets@sdopera.org

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