Golden Gate Opera

Rating: 4.59 stars   17 reviews

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475 Gate 5 Road Suite 204 Sausalito CA 94965 USA


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.


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: 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.

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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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This was my first experience performing in Professional Opera. Learning to work together with other performers as well as all the professional people who were involved in order to make this happen was a tremendous honor. I had a wonderful time performing in this Opera. Learning and singing music by Puccini was a joy. My parents brought me to see Rigoletto in San Francisco, my first Opera, when I was a child. I guess I have loved it ever since. This is a great Opera Company and I am pleased to be a part of it. Roberta Becker puts her whole heart and soul into it and keeps it alive and thriving. Thanks to her, and her hard work, Marin County can enjoy some beautiful Productions! Looking forward to more of them.

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The most recent production of Madama Butterfly.

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Golden Gate Opera is a great company to perform with. I'm very happy to be part of the Emerging Artist program and am thankful for the opportunities that GGO has presented me and for (fingers crossed) future opportunities with them. I really felt like I was a part of the team and like I was needed and it felt very rewarding to perform with GGO. I found it to be a great experience, both supportive and educational, and I'll be really happy to perform with them again! :)

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Performance experience, supportive environment for growth, I really feel appreciated with this company.

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opportunity for performance and to have my skills and hard work be worth something.

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Supportive and helpful and interested in everyone working together in a positive way.

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

Put on a lot of wonderful operas and touch a lot of people in the community!

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