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: 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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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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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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2013

 
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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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2011

 
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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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Life-changing

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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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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