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For Immediate Release

Julia Inouye
San Francisco Opera
(415) 565-6430

Jane Yedinak
Union Bank
(415) 765-3241

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 27, 2012 – San Francisco Opera today announced that Union Bank, N.A., is the leading sponsor of its innovative arts education program, Opera ARIA (Arts Resources in Action). The Union Bank Foundation, which has generously funded the program for the past three years, has provided a milestone multi-year grant to support Opera ARIA. Launched in 2009, Opera ARIA uses the multi-disciplinary art form of opera as a means to connect students to academic and arts curricula. By serving kindergarten through 12th grade students from primarily low-to-moderate income Bay Area communities, Opera ARIA builds on the Company’s long-standing and nationally acclaimed education programs of the San Francisco Opera Guild.

“We are always pleasantly surprised how an experience in the arts is the early trigger that motivates children for a lifetime, particularly those from more humble beginnings,” said Julius Robinson, Union Bank executive vice president and head of corporate social responsibility. “We are proud to support San Francisco Opera’s Opera ARIA program to bring arts education to children in the communities that we serve.”

“We are enormously grateful to Union Bank for partnering with the San Francisco Opera in support of arts education,” said San Francisco Opera Director of Education Ruth Nott. “Their multi-year grant will ensure that our Opera ARIA program will continue to reach thousands of schoolchildren each year. San Francisco Opera is committed to developing comprehensive and sustainable arts education programs for the Bay Area, and we thank Union Bank for their shared dedication to this mission.”

San Francisco Opera’s Opera ARIA suite of K–12 education programs provides students and teachers with engaging learning opportunities both in the classroom and at San Francisco Opera venues. Opera ARIA’s innovative collaborative partnerships with Bay Area schools focuses on empowering educators to work with both San Francisco Opera and their own colleagues to develop sustainable and customized arts education programs, with resources, guidance, and professional development provided by the Opera’s education department. During the 2011-12 school year, the program reached 108 teachers and over 8,750 students and family members from 71 elementary, middle and high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, Alameda County School District, Hayward School District, and schools of higher education throughout the Bay Area.

The Opera ARIA program provides students with a variety of in-school and field trip experiences including classroom visits by San Francisco Opera teaching artists and opera professionals such as the Company’s young resident performers and costume, set, and props staff. Students in certain programs receive up to 40 visits a year from San Francisco Opera teaching artists and production staff. Designed both to meet teachers’ “wish lists” of arts education resources for their students and to meet each classroom’s particular needs, all opera education opportunities connect to the San Francisco Unified School District’s Arts Education Master Plan, Alameda County Arts Education Frameworks and California State Standards.

The Union Bank Foundation supports four key areas to help build healthy and sustainable communities: education, affordable housing, community economic development, and the environment. For more information about Union Bank’s commitment to the community, visit

To learn more about the San Francisco Opera’s Opera ARIA program click here.

About San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera is the second largest opera company in North America and has been one of the world’s leading producers of opera since its inception in 1923. Heralded for its first-rate productions and roster of international opera stars, the Company presents annual fall and summer seasons in the historic War Memorial Opera House, as well as free community events throughout the Bay Area. David Gockley became San Francisco Opera’s sixth general director in January 2006 and acclaimed Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti became the Company’s third music director in September 2009. In 2008, San Francisco Opera created a new education division to expand upon the acclaimed education and community partnership programs of the San Francisco Opera Guild. Together, these programs annually bring music education programs to more than 65,000 students throughout Northern California, in addition to providing countless on-going education opportunities for all ages. The Company’s 90th anniversary season opens on September 7, 2012. Visit for more information.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $87.9 billion at June 30, 2012. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 402 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2012. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU),one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit for more information.