Your Support Makes The Difference

Ticket sales cover less than a third of the cost of producing opera. Every performance and education program we provide is made possible by the generosity of donors like you. When you become a member of San Diego Opera, you provide the vital support needed to deliver world class vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to the diverse audiences in our community.

Giving also offers you opportunities to enhance your own enjoyment of the opera through special programs that are open only to our donors. Whether you are a steadfast appreciator of timeless classics or an admirer of new works and specially-commissioned operas, we make music that speaks to everyone and allows everyone to enjoy the transformative power of live performance.

Your support continues our legacy of bringing operatic arts to all of San Diego County, reaching groups of all ages and backgrounds ensuring there will be an audience for this amazing, multidisciplinary art form for generations to come.

Member Benefits

A truly rewarding philanthropic experience that provides you with exclusive benefits to deepen your understanding of opera.

Contributor ($100)

  • Donor Wall recognition for all Main Stage operas
  • An invitation to Bruce’s Box Lunch: an exploration of the music and history of our Mainstage operas (lunch provided, RSVP required)
  • An invitation to Stars in the Salon — a unique virtual opportunity to meet your favorite opera stars as David Bennett leads a panel discussion
  • Priority Ticket Upgrades
  • Annual Meeting Invitation

Supporter ($300)

All preceding benefits, plus:

  • Recognition in the program for all SDO Mainstage performances

Sustainer ($600)

All preceding benefits, plus:

  • An invitation to the Backstage Experience – a tour led by General Director David Bennett as he shares the amazing world of stage machinery, lights, and props, as well as legendary opera stories.

Benefactor ($1,000)

All preceding benefits, plus:

  • An invitation to Celebrating the Voice – an immersive musical experience where you will be surrounded by San Diego Opera’s acclaimed chorus.

Patrons of San Diego Opera

Patrons provide the central support San Diego Opera needs to deliver world class opera, and enjoy exclusive benefits and activities in recognition of their philanthropy.

Bronze Patron ($2,000)

  • All Member level category benefits
  • Personalized Patron Steward
  • Patron recognition in the programs for all Mainstage and dētour series performances
  • Priority subscription upgrade

Silver Patron ($3,500)

All preceding benefits, plus:

  • Patron Lounge Access

Gold Patron ($5,000)

All preceding benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to the annual Masterclass featuring a leading opera star and young artists

General Director’s Circle

The General Director’s Circle is foundational in ensuring the continuation of San Diego Opera’s productions and community footprint.

General Director’s Circle ($10,000)

All Member and Patron benefits, plus:

  • Invitation to the annual Onstage Dinner amidst the set of an opera
  • Invitations to join special San Diego Opera domestic and international travel experiences
  • General Director’s Circle recognition in the programs for all Main Stage and dētour Series performances

*For gifts of $25,000 and more, please contact the Opera’s Development Department at 619-232-7636 to receive additional support and benefits

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