Place as much money as possible into the needy hands of talented young singers—that’s our calling. We have no paid employees. Our board members receive no compensation. Often they pay for items out of their own pockets. Our very low overhead relates almost exclusively to member services—postage, and printing of announcements, programs and our newsletter.

  • We award grants directly to singers, based on applications that detail their financial needs and the purposes for which the funds are needed.
  • We provide honoraria to singers who participate in our Performers Showcases, events that also provide them with experience, working with other singers in staged scenes before an audience.
  • We support regional competitions, such as the Loren L. Zachary Society Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Western Region Auditions, which provide useful experience and great exposure to young singers.
  • We allocate funds to academic and performance organizations that utilize young singers in their productions. These include USC, UCLA and Los Angeles Opera.

Every year, the Opera Buffs raises $40,000 to $60,000, primarily from membership dues and, by design, all funds are disbursed to worthy recipients.

Opera Buffs Membership Has Its Privileges

Each year The Opera Buffs Inc. showcases the talents of young singers in Performers Showcases and other musical events. The benefits of membership are…

  • Discount to our Concert Opera productions.
  • Invitations to our Annual Auditions Programs (open to members only—free of charge).
  • An invitation to our Master Class—free of charge.
  • Attendance at our Performers Showcases—free of charge.
  • Advance notice about all Opera Buffs events.
  • The satisfaction of assisting talented and deserving young Southern California singers and providing them with valuable performance opportunities.
  • Participation in the support of regional auditions and university opera productions that give young singers vitally needed experience.
  • The opportunity to meet the singers and watch their careers blossom.

Our fee schedule is listed below; please join at the highest level you can afford. Your additional contribution, or a matching grant by your employer, will increase our ability to assist worthy and needful young singers.

Please note that memberships run for a full calendar year
(Seasonal Year July 1 to June 30).

Categories for Membership:

Solo: 1 admission to each concert or event as listed above
Duet: 2 admissions to each concert or event as listed above
Family: 2 admissions to each concert or event as listed above, plus admission for all children 18 and under accompanied by a parent.
Ardent Supporter: 6 admissions to each concert or event as listed above and mention in Performers Showcase Programs.
True Blue: 6 admissions to each concert or event as listed above, special mention in Performers Showcases plus an invitation for two to a special Opera Buffs event/program
Angel: 8 admissions to each concert or event as listed above, special mention in Performers Showcases plus invitation for two to the above Opera Buffs event/program and an additional Opera Buffs reception and program.
Super Angel and Seraphim Circle as for Angel


Ardent Supporter
True Blue Friend
$1,000 and up
Super Angel
$2,000 and up
Seraphim Circle
$5,000 and up

For more information about joining our vigorous, growing membership, please complete the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM. This will allow you to pay by check or PayPal or you may mail a check to:

Membership Chair, The Opera Buffs Inc.

3544 Verdugo Vista Terrace,
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Please be sure to include your full address, telephone number and email address.

All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Opera Buffs Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt California corporation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

We invite you to join and share with us the pleasures of watching budding artists blossom. Your membership dollars help enrich the cultural life of our community by furthering the careers of tomorrow’s opera stars. Please consider a contribution to our Endowment Fund to help exceptional and deserving singers.