The Company



Festival Opera’s mission is to educate, enlighten and entertain; to preserve and advance the operatic art form, to make opera accessible to a diverse population, and to assist young artists, directors, designers and technicians in their pursuit of careers in the operatic field.

A Proud Tradition

Festival Opera was founded in 1991 by Dr. Theodore Weis, who, twenty years earlier had helped create the Arizona Opera Company in Tucson.

The first production, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, was a notable success. Other acclaimed productions followed, and in the ensuing years Festival Opera has built a tradition of excellence, presenting a variety of operas, from Verdi’s La Traviata and Rossini’s Barber of Seville to Massenet’s Werther and the West Coast premiere of Rorem’s Our Town.

“Ensembles that can mount programs such as this one deepen the richness of a region’s musical life. Let the light shine on Festival Opera.”

—Steven Winn
San Francisco Classical Voice

“The East Bay’s indispensable Festival Opera has been doing pretty much everything right. The company’s most recent offering… was canny, affecting and beautifully economical. You really couldn’t have asked for more.”

—Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle