Presenting exciting pairings of opera, ballet, and classic films at historic SoCal venues.

Since the company's official foundation in June, Cinballera has put on seven productions. Our first was "Stolen Love: A Chamber Ballopera" on July 29. Our second was "Lady of the Ring." Each show featured a chamber ballet and a chamber opera, showcasing classical singing and dancing with a small ensemble cast, a short runtime, and a complete story. Then, in November, we put on our third show, "Two Sisters from San Diego," which we co-hosted with the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. In December, we performed a unique holiday special at December Nights in Balboa Park. We started 2024 with our second full opera, Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, and an original ballet of the same name. In February, we honored the 300th anniversary of Giulio Cesare, George Frideric Handel's Baroque masterpiece, in conjunction with the Southern California Early Music Society. In April, we put on excerpts from our full-length ballet based on Phantom of the Opera along with an original chamber ballet of the same story. We have many plans for future shows in 2024, and beyond!


Starting in February 2024, Cinballera hosts its own monthly opera night, Cinballera Salon: Opera at the Villa! We're collaborating with the historic Villa Montezuma Museum at 1925 K Street, San Diego in the historic Sherman Heights Historic District. 

We call this series Cinballera Salon because it is a loving tribute to the musical salons of years past, when friends would gather in lovely parlor to enjoy sharing music for an evening. Hosted the third week of the month, each evening will have a different theme. Music on the program will include opera arias, art songs, and other classical vocal music, performed by talented operatic singers from throughout the region. There is a special emphasis on duets, trios, and other ensembles, to recreate opera scenes in an intimate setting.

We usually host these events on the third Monday of the month at 7 PM. 

Tickets are $25 each. They can be purchased in advance or at the door, cash only. All the proceeds benefit the two non-profit organizations, Cinballera and Friends of the Villa Montezuma, Inc, and pay the performers involved.

We hope you'll join us!

Here's a montage of photos from our two first shows

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