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Opera San José is the professional opera company in San Jose, California, United States, founded in 1984 by Irene Dalis. In 1988, it formed a resident company of principal artists, for which it has purchased fourteen apartment units to provide rent-free accommodation. Until 2004, the company performed in the Montgomery Theater in San Jose's Civic Auditorium complex. One of the keys to the company's success over the years has been its fiscal prudence.[citation needed]


California Theatre

California Theatre

The company opened its 2004–2005 season in the 1,100-seat California Theatre, a vaudeville and film theater designed by Weeks and Day that opened in 1927. The theatre had been left vacant for many years and had decayed, but reopened in 2004 after a major restoration project done expressly for Opera San Jose and as the result of large donations. This came as a large relief to local historians, who feared that the building would be demolished, like many of the other historic buildings in the city center. It has been called one of the most beautiful theatres in the state.

In 2004 Team San Jose took over management of the facility and now promotes its venues and the theatre itself as a favorite place to hold events.

Resident company

In 1988, Opera San José formed a resident company of principal artists, for which it provides rent-free accommodation. These artists are typically promising singers in the early years of their career. They are given annual contracts & coaching and are expected to fill leading roles in the company's performances. This program is modeled after similar programs in German regional opera companies.

Current resident artists

The following artists are current members of the resident company:

  • Alexander Boyer
  • Daniel Cilli
  • Betany Coffland
  • Michael Dailey
  • Khori Dastoor
  • Rebecca Schuessler
  • Silas Elash
  • Isaiah Musik-Ayala
  • Krassen Karagiozov

Former resident artists

The following artists have been in the resident company of Opera San José:

  • Ravil Atlas, Scott Bearden, John Bellemer, Deborah Berioli, Jeanette Blakeney, Heather Calvete, Layna Chianakas, Cynthia Clayton, David Cox, Lori Decter, Jason Detwiler, Michele Detwiler, Christopher Dickerson, Barbara Divis, Kirk Eichelberger, Andrew Eisenmann, Adam Flowers, Nmon Ford-Livene, Roberto Gomez, Stephen Guggenheim, Susan Gundunas, Jonathan Hodel, Julia Kierstine, Matthew Kirchner, Eilana Lappalainen, Brian Leerhuber, Maureen Magill, Christina Major, Julie Makerov, Robert McPherson, Jesse Merlin, Dan Montez, Joseph Muir, Douglas Nagel, Donna Olson, Lori Phillips, Clifton Romig, Sandra Rubalcava, Carlo Scibelli, Etsel Skelton, Talise Trevigne, Thomas Rolf Truhitte, Tamara Tsoutsouris, Mel Ulrich, Maris Vipulis, Kerry Walsh, Joseph Wright, and Constantinos Yiannoudes



2009-2010 season

2008-2009 season

2007-2008 season

2006-2007 season

2005-2006 season

2004-2005 Season

2003-2004 season

2002-2003 season

2001-2002 season

2000-2001 season

1999-2000 season

1998-1999 season

1997-1998 season

Repertoire Performed


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