Many of our longtime friends and subscribers have invested in the future of opera in San Diego. You, too, can leave a lasting legacy by including San Diego Opera in your estate plans. There are many ways to structure such gifts, ranging from naming San Diego Opera as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan, donor advised fund, or insurance policy to giving through trusts and annuities that enable you or your loved ones to receive ongoing income.

Named after its founder, the Esther J. Burnham Opera Stars program recognizes generous individuals who have planned for the future of San Diego Opera with gifts both large and small. All you need to do to join the program is to let us know that you have included a gift to San Diego Opera in your future plans. Your thoughtfulness will ensure that future generations will enjoy world class opera in San Diego. For more information, please contact Peter Shavitz at (619) 533-7047 or
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This past season, San Diego Opera Patron Ann Craig hosted a celebration at her beautiful La Jolla home to honor the Esther J. Burnham Opera Stars. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, spectacular ocean views, and a memorable performance by San Diego Opera artists lyric soprano Lisa Frisque and bass-baritone Joshua Arky, accompanied at the piano by Nicolas Reveles. Also in attendance was baritone Stephen Powell, who, in the days following the event, dazzled SDO audiences in the title role of Rigoletto. The celebration honored the Opera Stars for their foresight and generosity in including San Diego Opera in their estate plans.