You, too, can be an OPERA STAR!

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. 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. All of our Opera Stars receive recognition in every Main Stage production performance magazine and invitations to special events throughout the season. For more information, please contact Peter Shavitz at (619) 533-7047 or

Opera Stars Honored at Bankers Hill Celebration

On February 10th, 2020, San Diego Opera Patron Beth Goodman hosted a celebration at her home to honor the Esther J. Burnham Opera Stars. Guests enjoyed lunch, sweeping views of downtown and the bay, and a thrilling performance by soprano Laynee Woodward and bass-baritone Anthony Whitson-Martini, both members of the San Diego Opera Young Artist Training Program. The artists were accompanied at the piano by Dr. Nicolas Reveles. Also joining the event were the stars of San Diego Opera’s recent production of Hansel & Gretel, mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert and soprano Sara Gartland. The celebration recognized the great commitment and generosity of the members of the Opera Stars program who have included San Diego Opera in their estate plans.

General Director David Bennett speaking with Opera Stars Steve Howard and Bobbie Ball-Bradley

Dr. Nicholas Reveles, Opera Star Karen Valentino, and soprano Blythe Gaissert

Young Artist Laynee Woodward wows the audience with Dr. Reveles at the piano

Young Artist Anthony Whitson-Martini performs for Opera Stars and guests