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Upcoming Events

December 2016

Dec 8 Thu

2016 Holiday Gala

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Scott's Seafood, 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek
Cost: $200/person

Save the date for the 2016 Festival Opera Holiday Gala, returning this year to Scott's Seafood Restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek. Be there as Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, Bay Area mezzo Patrice Houston, SF Opera cellist Emil Miland, and pianist Chun Mei Wilson join us for an evening of music and merriment that promises to be one of our greatest Holiday Galas ever, complete with cocktail reception, elegant dining, live and silent auctions, and — of course! — sparkling entertainment. It's all in honor of San Francisco Opera Center director Sheri Greenawald.

To reserve, call 925.944.9610 during business hours with your choice of entrée: beef, fish, or vegetarian. Proceeds benefit Festival Opera.

February 2017

Feb   TBA

Annual Meeting of Members

Time: TBA
Location: By Invitation Only
Cost: FREE

Festival Opera's Annual Meeting offers a review of the previous year plus an exclusive look ahead at plans for upcoming productions and events. The meeting is limited to members only, but there's still time to activate your membership and score an invitation to this exclusive insider preview. Just visit our Donations page and make a donation of $100 or more to start enjoying insider updates. Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

June 2017

Jun   TBA

Opera in the Park

Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: FREE

Festival Opera's only FREE concert of the year is back! We're not sure exactly where yet, or the precise date, but we DO know it will be fun for the entire family, because it always is. So, get ready to dust off your blanket and watch this space for information about another gorgeous summer afternoon of fine music in the great outdoors.

Jun 24 Sat

Opening Night: Pagliacci/The Seven Deadly Sins

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
Cost: TBA

Festival Opera's 2017 season opens with an exciting double-barreled program featuring Ruggero Leoncavallo's classic Pagliacci and Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins. Tenor Alex Boyer and soprano Rebecca Garcia will sing the roles of Canio and Nedda in Pagliacci; both operas will be directed by Mark Foehringer. Other artists, plus ticket information, will be announced as details are finalized.

The Lesher Center is the premiere arts destination in Contra Costa County, offering next-door covered parking and easy access by BART from anywhere in the Bay Area.

Jun 25 Sun

Matinee Performance: Pagliacci/The Seven Deadly Sins

Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
Cost: TBA

Festival Opera's 2017 season features an exciting double-barreled program pairing Ruggero Leoncavallo's classic Pagliacci and Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins. Tenor Alex Boyer and soprano Rebecca Garcia will sing the roles of Canio and Nedda in Pagliacci; both operas will be directed by Mark Foehringer. Other artists, plus ticket information, will be announced as details are finalized.

The Lesher Center is the premiere arts destination in Contra Costa County, offering next-door covered parking and easy access by BART from anywhere in the Bay Area.

Fall 2017

Nov   TBA

World Premiere: Rated R for Rat

Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Cost: TBA

It's not too early to start thinking ahead to Festival Opera's first World Premiere: gifted young composer-in-residence Wang Jie's new chamber opera, Rated R for Rat. Billed as an eco-opera, Rated R for Rat will be conducted by maestro Michael Morgan and directed by New York-based stage director Mo Zhou. Stay tuned for artist and production information as it becomes available.