The idea of going to the opera may call to mind images of large women with big hair and piercing voices and men wearing boutonnieres, but Walnut Creek’s Festival Opera is trying to draw in a more diverse audience and younger performers.
Founded in 1991, the company is dedicated to putting on quality performances at low ticket prices for the up-and-coming East Bay Area. It stages operas in the park and holds community galas, performing such classics as Carmen and Don Giovanni.
The Festival Opera is the third-largest opera company in the Bay Area. The company prides itself on investing in young artists, directors, designers and technicians in order to encourage their artistic endeavors. Want to see (and hear) what it's all about? Check out Festival Opera's YouTube Channel.