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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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  

11 people found this review helpful

Golden Gate Opera performs professional opera in intimate local setting at prices you can afford. At the fund raising events you meet the performers and their families and they sing for you so close that you might feel their breath or hear the rustle in their clothes. These performers love their work and strive for excellence even at a small dinner party. Roberta runs the opera in such a way that people feel important and included - even the audience comes away with the feeling they have played a special role in being there. You know the money from the show tickets doesn't come close to covering all of the opera and administration costs. I donate and volunteer because I want more local opera like that in my life.

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

I've seen the music transform faces, excite people and bring them together.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more donations and volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I have met and the wonderful performances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, caring, and concerned about the arts and their community.

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

Provide more and new kinds of outreach to schools, perform more and little known operas in local settings, enhance opportunities for local artists, interact / share with other local and major opera companies.

Ways to make it better...

There were more donations and volunteer help.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They need more donations and volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I think Golden Gate Opera (GGO) has a great mission. Arts and culture is an important part of people's lives and helps them experience the excitement of the arts. GGO helps interested participants experience these vibrant arts by providing people of various ages, economic backgrounds, and cultures the opportunity to be immersed by giving quality performances as well as programming. I also think it's great that GGO wants children to experience opera as well through their Hansel & Gretel opera

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

I have had consistent feedback from the executive director and she has replied to my emails promptly

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

consistent and helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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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

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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