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A time of excess and defying traditional cultural expectations makes San Francisco in the 1980s, in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, a stunning setting for Verdi's famously melodic opera. Experience the struggle of a ill-stricken courtesan, the media playboy who falls for her, and their tale of forbidden love and heartbreak against the backdrop of a transformative time in American history.

To ensure the continued success of the Gallo Center for the Arts, $15 million has been set aside in a permanent endowment fund. The investment of $10 million from the Gallo family, and $5 million from the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation will provide supplemental funding for educational programs and presentations that could not otherwise be offered, provide affordable access to the residents of the County, and provide funds for the perpetuation and improvement of the physical facilities of the Gallo Center for the Arts.

We appreciate the generosity of these families who are making this project a reality!

History of the Gallo Center for the Arts

Spring 1997

  • Mayor Dick Lang appoints Marie Gallo to assemble a research team to investigate the feasibility of building a performing arts center.
  • A research team of about 20 people is assembled.
    • From the private sector, there are various community and business leaders.
    • From the public sector, there are representatives from the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, Modesto City Council, California State University, Stanislaus, Modesto Junior College, Modesto City Schools, and the County Office of Education.
    • The research team visits the Valley Center for the Performing Arts in Oakland and the Dean Lescher Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

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