General Director’s Council members are part of an exclusive circle of patrons that enjoy intimate gatherings and events with artistic and general director Lawrence Edelson and visiting guest artists. General Director’s Council Members make a three-year commitment to donate a minimum of $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000 per year. 

Working together with the board of directors, Lawrence has defined a new vision for Opera Saratoga that builds upon the company’s rich history as one of the country’s leading summer opera festivals, while strengthening its commitment to serving our community year-round. Join the General Director’s Council and be a part of history as you help Opera Saratoga build a foundation for a sustainable future defined by artistic excellence, community engagement, and civic pride – all while experiencing the creative process like never before!

Members of the General Director’s Council receive all member benefits and may allocate their support to Artist or Production Sponsorship and receive the benefits commensurate with their annual level of support. In addition, in recognition and appreciation of multi-year support, General Director’s Council Members also receive:

BRONZE ($5,000+/year for 3 years – total pledge $15,000+)

Recognition in the General Director’s Council section of the program and on special signage at the front of Opera Saratoga’s performing venues

  • An invitation for two to the annual dinner with the artistic and general director and principal artists
  • An opportunity to travel with the artistic and general director to attend productions around the country 
  • An invitation to attend the annual Council Strategy Session to discuss future artistic plans and initiatives with fellow council members and the artistic and general director
  • First priority in subscriptions and access to house seats for all performances
  • The opportunity to sponsor a principal artist each season 

SILVER ($7,500+ per year for 3 years – total pledge $22,500+)

All of the privileges listed above, plus:

  • An invitation to sit in on auditions with Lawrence Edelson in New York City and experience the casting process first-hand
  • The opportunity to sponsor a guest director or conductor each season

GOLD ($10,000+ per year for 3 years – total pledge $30,000+)

All of the privileges listed above, plus:

  • The opportunity to be a production co-sponsor and related production sponsorship benefits
  • A private dinner at the home of artistic and general director Lawrence Edelson 

For more information on this program, please call Jonathan Blalock or Lawrence Edelson at 518-584-6018

In keeping with IRS regulations, the fair-market value of certain membership benefits and privileges may reduce the tax-deductibility of your gifts. The value of these benefits will be noted in Opera Saratoga’s acknowledgment of your gift. Tax-deductibility will be assessed based on your actual gift.