Golden Gate Opera

Rating: 4.59 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 475 Gate 5 Road Suite 204 Sausalito CA 94965 USA

Mission: The mission of Golden Gate Opera is to enrich and educate the community through providing professional opera to the North Bay, focusing on Marin County. Vision: GGO creates, presents and performs professional artistic work. GGO embraces a strong circle of people invested in and passionate about Golden Gate Opera, supporting and feeding into our goal of artistic excellence. GGO instills a lasting love for opera and the arts,  in the participants and audiences, to secure the appreciation of opera over generations for the inspiration of people''s lives.
Programs: Golden Gate Opera presents professional fully staged opera at the Marin Center's 2000-seat Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Marin County. The 260,000 people in the County of Marin are the primary beneficiaries, including the Marin County Schools, organizations benefitting low-income groups, Senior Communities, and adults and chilren. One to two fully staged staged operas annually on the Marin Center's stages, with professional singers and directors, orchestra, original design sets, authentic costumes, dancers, chorus, supertitles and more 2) Outreach Opera-tunities have enriched more than 50,000 Bay Area as well as Marin County children so far through performances in the theatre for audiences of school groups, and through In-School opera performances, children's workshops and extended relatonships with schools. College level educational courses for continuing education of seniors: "Spotlight on Opera", through Dominican University in San Rafael sponsored by the Osher Life Long Learning Institute, "Afternoon at the Opera" at College of Marin. Educational activities include "Opera in Your Own Backyard", (GGO's monthly TV Show, "Opera Story Night" at local book stores, and monthly educational gatherings of volunteers and fans, for "Aria Party" to further the accessibility and enjoyment of opera. Up to 2004, the company presented full operas at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor Florence Gould Theatre in San Francisco. Productions at Marin Center have included Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Suor Angelica with Gianni Schicchi and "Opera's Greatest Hits" a carefully planned gala for audience devcelopent and enjoyment. Each production includes two performances for 4000 people total. Our outreach program offers one full performance of any opera we produce for an audience of school children to attend with their classes, preceeded by advance study materials sent to schools; and innovative outreach to schools depending on funding availability. We help the underserved, through relationships with organizations supporting low income groups in order to bring the joys of opera to those that couldn't otherwise have this experience. Approximately 40 children as dancers and singers traditionally have performed in our production of Hansel and Gretel. Funding is sought for the establishing of a Young Artists Program to support the development of local rising talent. The Bank of Marin, Marin Independent Journal, Marin County Board of Supervisors, Wells Fargo BAnk, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Fenwick Foundation, Fred Gellert Family Foundation, Fullerton Family Trust, Maurice Kanbar Trust, San Francisco Foundation Donor Advised Funds, Marin Charitable Association, and Marin Community Foundation are some of the sponsors whose essential support have made possible our productions and our outreach. One professional opera costs $150-180,000. One in-school peformance approximately $2000, One student performance of an opera in the theatre is approxiamtely $60,000. Admnistrative costs are under 20% of our total budget which in 2006 was over $200,000.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Thank you for including me in the June 1st, afternoon of "Arias on Top of the World". Beautiful voices; gracious volunteers; fun watching people who closed their eyes while listening and one lol who finally wormed herself into the best seat in the house! Delightful talking with a group of young Russians; Ana's husband would not reveal Ana's age! AND I really appreciated the fellow who parked my car and later went to bring the car back up the hill after the event.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 4 stars  

It was exactly as advertised; a picture perfect afternoon in sunny warm, beautiful Tiburon. The food was delicious, the refreshments were cold and refreshing, the the conversation was congenial, the setting was lovely and the hosts were great. And the Music... the music was lovely. The performance was was sparkling. Maestro Robert took us on a tour of the opera world and The singers made the arias come alive with their beautiful voices and their evocative performance. I score it an unqualified success!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I loved working with Golden Gate Opera. It helped me tremendously professionally to get such great experience at an arts non-profit in beautiful Marin County. Executive Director, Roberta, is extremely passionate and talented at producing world class opera as well as providing great programs for kids to enjoy and expand their understanding of opera and the arts. Golden Gate Opera is a wonderful part of our community, for young and old arts enthusiasts alike, and we are so lucky to have it.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I loved it. Honestly it was one of the best operas I’ve ever been to.

My mother and my sister are both opera singers. It was an awesome opera.

I thought the singer that played “Lincoln” – (Gabriel Manro) everyone else was really well cast also - but he was just amazing. –Peter Jablonski.

(About GGO’s new opera "Lincoln and Booth" by Cepelak and Rose) Attendee - March 11, 2012

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Unlikely

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having attended several Golden Gate Opera events I can say I have been impressed with the quality and variety of the performances presented. From Hansel and Gretal to Madama Butterfly I have enjoyed all of the performances but my favorites have been the afernoon arias held in beautiful Marin County homes. It is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon as music,goumet food and fashion combine to create an ambience.
I look forward to more of these well done sophisticated events.
Phyllis J Bragdon

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I loved seeing the Pharmacist at the Mill Valley Community Center. I'd rather go to one of your productions any day than the SF Opera because of that up-close and personal feel. The performance was beautiful- and Mia, the soprano was fantastic. It was so sweet to hear the singers talk a bit and to somehow feel like I was a part of their cultural experience and homestay here in the U.S. It made my weekend.

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Golden Gate Opera performed our new opera Lincoln & Booth in March 2012. New operas go through a process of creation and GGO has continued to write grants for it's revision and next performances. After the premiere we went to Davidson Middle School to perform excerpts from L & B for the music classes. I was very moved by the response of the children during the question and answer period after the singers performed for them. GGO's outreach to kids and support of the creative arts is outstanding and much appreciated by artists and families in Marin. They do a fantastic job with mostly volunteers! The professional expertise and enthusiasm of volunteers and board members is very impressive. They are definitely worthy of support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dear Roberta:

We enjoyed the production Friday night immensely. The whole cast is fantastic, the costumes, makeup, stage direction is very good, and it works so smoothly in the theatre for all ages of audience, for such a complicated piece. Bravo! It really is a great opera for outreach and education for children that I hope it continues for decades as GGO's fall tradition.

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

This group not only creates real access for all in the community to enjoy and learn about opera, it offers access to artists , and aspiring artists in the community to partiscipate in Opera. My son is 8 yrs old and sings with the SF Boys Chorus. He and another young man, 10, were given the opportunity to traing and be a part of their lastest production Lincoln and Booth. This opportunity for those in the community, offereing access to these youg kids can be life changing. I encourage all to support this great org. Brian

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Life-changing

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Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Many hearing the word "opera" wince at stuffy, boring, interminable singing in a foreign language, with costly tickets. Golden Gate Opera proves "it ain't necessarily so!" GGO breaks off opera's crusty veneer to bring fresh and lively mini-productions to schools, and the children love it. GGO also hosts intimate receptions at private homes where rising stars sing their favorites and make our ears vibrate. GGO presents timeless classics, plus new operas themed to entertain in English. If and when enough funds are available, GGO presents full-length operas on the smaller Marin Center stage, at affordable prices for families. Where else could my children and I have shared music like this?

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A lot

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dear Ms. Becker, The students in my class adored the Hansel and Gretel opera performance in October! Most of the students had never attended an opera before. Prior to the event, we spent time learning about opera as an art form. We read a version of the fairy tale in class and predicted how the book version of this famous story might differ from the stage performance. We discussed how many opera performances are presented in foreign languages They were thrilled to learn that Hansel and Gretel would be performed in English! We also prepared ourselves to carefluly observe the movements and actions of the characters as well as the set designs. In the days following the experience, students wrote a paper comparing and contrasting the book with the opera version. They also created some beautiful artwork in the form of a Persian miniature (this type of art features a border depicting story details surrounding the main picture). I have enclosed a few samples of their work as a small token of thanks for this wonderful gift. We would have sent this sooner, but these pictures have been proudly displayed in our classroom window for the past months! Thank you so much, again, for offering this special opportunity to our class. I wish you could have attended with us to see how beautifully the children behaved and the fine manner in which they represented the Rancho (School) community. With warmest regards, Deb Parnell, 5th Grade teacher, Rancho Elementary

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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9 people found this review helpful

I want to thank Roberta for the Aria party. Not only opera, but playful Neapolitan songs as well! What a marvelous wan to spend a Sunday Afternoon in Marin. To sit, sipping wine, an arm's length from such beautiful and powerful voices is a magical experience that no Opera House can give us. This would be a wonderful way to introduce Opera-Shy Spouses to the energy and joy of operatic voices! Bravo!! Best, Gayle Delaney

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm new and I want to volunteer now. I brought my visiting guests to the Aria Party too, seniors from France, and they had a wonderful time.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Put together opera experience for school enrichment without stress of worrying where the money is coming from, and go into as many schools as possible to help kids love the arts.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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