Professional Company Member

Opera San José

Opera San José is dedicated to maintaining a resident company of opera singers with whom we present compelling, professional opera performances, while creating and providing cultural and educational programs that both enrich the opera-going experience and encourage future generations of artists and audiences. Opera San José also provides technical assistance to other organizations.


Founded in 1984, Opera San José is unique in that it is the only year-long resident opera company in the nation. Members of the resident company form the core of the artistic staff for main-stage productions as well as educational programs.

To achieve this mission, Opera San José will:

  • Maintain a professional, fiscally responsible opera company of artistic excellence for San  José and its environs;
  • Discover, retain and develop outstanding, emerging professional singers;
  • Provide these singers with repeated performance opportunities;
  • Develop, entertain, and educate audiences from the extended community.
Upcoming Events
Title Date & Time
The Marriage of Figaro September 10, 2022, 7:30 PM
The Marriage of Figaro September 15, 2022, 7:30 PM
The Marriage of Figaro September 18, 2022, 2:00 PM
The Marriage of Figaro September 23, 2022, 7:30 PM
The Marriage of Figaro September 25, 2022, 2:00 PM
Cinderella November 12, 2022, 7:30 PM
Cinderella November 17, 2022, 7:30 PM
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Name Title
Shawna Lucey General Director
Noritaka Okada Individual Giving Manager
Andrew Elsesser Artistic Projects Administrator
Catherine Wagner Human Resources Manager
Veronika Agranov-Dafoe Music Staff Head
Christopher Ray Assistant Music Director
Joseph Marcheso Music Director, Principal Conductor
Tom Mulder Advancement Director
James Williams Managing Director: Finance & Admin / CFO
Monica Thakkar Managing Director: Artistic Operations
Claire Padien-Havens Managing Director: Institutional Strategy
Alyssa Oania Costume Director
John Draginoff Technical Director
Position Job Type Posted
Artistic and Music Operations Manager Full-Time 07/26/2022
Patron Experience and Fundraising Operations Manager Full-Time 07/25/2022
Patron Experience and Fundraising Operations Manager 07/22/2022
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