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February 29, 2016

  • Abduction From the Seraglio Cast Announced
  • FO Welcomes Bernice Greene to Board of Directors
  • Chorus Reunion and Opera Sing-a-Long April 17

February 12, 2016

  • The Sostenuto Society, Where You Have a Starring Role
  • Advisory Council 2016 Kickoff
  • In Memoriam: Barbara Sellers and Frank Morgan

January 13, 2016

  • Festival Opera's First Composer in Residence: Wang Jie
  • Welcoming New Board Member Steve Morris

December 15, 2015

  • Wishing You and Yours a Joyous Holiday Season
  • Celebrating 2015 and Toasting 2016

November 13, 2015

  • Opening Tomorrow: Savitri and River of Light

November 6, 2015

  • A Moving Cultural Dialog: Indian Classical Dance as Storytelling

  • Principal Artists of Savitri

October 27, 2015

  • Spotlight on Jack Perla and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

  • The Story of River of Light

September 28, 2015

  • Tickets Now On Sale for Savitri and River of Light

  • You Can Help

September 15, 2015

  • A Legendary Saga of India, and a West Coast Premiere

  • The Story of Savitri

July 28, 2015

  • Express Yourself: Your Support Matters

  • Festival Opera Lite this Thursday, July 30

July 2, 2015

  • Ariadne auf Naxos: A Feast for the Ears

  • Pre-Opera Opening Night Dinner at Prima Ristorante

June 25, 2015

  • When Hi-Brow and Low-Brow Collide: Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos Explores Dilemmas of Art and Love

  • Festival Opera Lite "Heart and Soul": Songs that Tug on the Heartstrings"

June 15, 2015

  • Marriott Opera in the Park this Sunday!

  • Festival Opera Lite "Heart and Soul": Songs that Tug on the Heartstrings"

May 25, 2015

  • Catherine Martin Joins Cast of Ariadne auf Naxos as The Composer

  • Don't Miss Festival Opera Lite!

  • Booth Space Still Available for Opera in the Park

April 28, 2015

  • Festival Opera Lite: A Musical Journey

  • Ariadne auf Naxos Tickets on Sale May 1

March 5, 2015

  • Festival Opera launches 'Opera Lite' at the Walnut Creek Marriott

  • Booth space available at Opera in the Park, June 21, 2015

February 12, 2015

  • Mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston to perform for the Festival Opera Sostenuto Society

  • Michael Morgan receives 2015 "Champion of New Music" award from American Composers Forum

December 18, 2014

  • Last chance to make an end-of-year donation to Festival Opera

  • Sara Nealy and Michael Morgan two of 30 honored by Musical America as "Profiles in Couraqe"

Archive of Print Newsletters

The Voice was the official newsletter of Festival Opera for many years, and is available to read in this archive collection. It featured exclusive interviews with artists, commentary on the season's operas, and previews of upcoming opera-related events. Downloadable issues are in PDF format (requires Adobe Reader software) and range in size from 150–500 KB.

Angela Cadelago June 2010
Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor could be mistaken for gothic fiction, but is based on a true story; Tenor Thomas Glenn talks about how a singer appproaches the decision to take on a new role; An appreciation of the Festival Opera Chorus.
Teresa Eickel March 2010
Madama Butterfly — Puccini's powerful tale of passion and heartbreak opens Festival Opera's 2010 season; Conductor Joseph Marcheso discusses the challenges in approaching familiar works; getting "up close" to opera offers unique insights and rewards.
Kirk Eichelberger June 2009
Faust: The Eternal Philosophical Struggle — A fateful bargain with the devil continues to resonate in literature and in opera; Today's audiences can experience opera in more ways than ever before; What do artists do when they're not performing or rehearsing?
Turandot March 2009
Turandot: Transformed by Love — Puccini's final masterpiece features one of the best-known arias in all of opera; Financing opera is always a balancing act, but even more challenging in today's economy; Alumni Notes: rising stars who have appeared with Festival Opera.
William Sauerland June 2008
A Magical Dream in Midsummer — A Midsummer Night's Dream brings Festival Opera's first performance by a countertenor; How everything comes together to create the magic of opening night; Alumni Notes: updates on artists from recent productions.
Scott Bearden March 2008
Verdi's Masterpiece of Melodrama — Il Trovatore has stood the test of time, for good reason; Membership in Opera America keeps Festival Opera connected with companies across the country; Incoming chair David Kingsbury welcomes new board members.
Carlisle Floyd June 2007
The Timeless Message of Our Town — Festival Opera presents the West Coast Premiere of a new opera based on the beloved American drama; Richard Byrne prepares for his company debut, and his first leading role since switching from baritone to tenor; 2007 Season Preview: Carmen and Our Town; Alumni Notes.
Kendall Gladen March 2007
A Passion for Carmen — why soprano Kendall Gladen considers her role "the dessert"; Chorister Francisco Aviles makes the move to comprimario; Excitement builds toward the West Coast premiere of Our Town in August.
Brian Leerhuber June 2006
Why Mozart's Don Giovanni is the rogue we love to hate; Guild president Barbara LaGrandeur talks about the fun of getting involved with opera as a volunteer; 2006 Season Preview: Tosca and Don Giovanni.
Robert Breault March 2006
Tosca: A Milestone Opera — Festival Opera's brand-new production is also an old favorite; Get to know rehearsal pianist Ron Valentino; In 2007, we present the West Coast premiere of an an important new opera.
Isaac Hurtado June 2005
Candide: The Best of All Possible Operas? Stage director Michael Scarola talks about his vision for Bernstein's opera, and its relevance to our time. Go inside the Festival Opera Chorus in a conversation with chorus master John Kendall Bailey.
Scott Bearden March 2005
Un Ballo in Maschera embodies many of the elements of current fiction, and has remained relevant for 150 years; Meet makeup and wig designer Denise Gutierrez, who makes sure Festival Opera puts its best faces forward; Introducing Premiere Seating.
Hope Briggs Fall 2004
Hope and Optimism: Festival Opera's 2005 season is set to feature works by Giuseppe Verdi and Leonard Bernstein; Concertmaster Barbara Riccardi talks about what life is like "in the trenches" — of the orchestra pit, that is!
Roméo et Juliette Spring 2004
Roméo et Juliette: In making an old story new, director Josemaria Condemi focuses on the timeless; Pre-curtain lectures with Dr. Philip Manwell enhance your operagoing experience; Sostenuto members are key to Festival Opera's success – and enjoy perks.
Giuseppe Verdi Winter 2004
Rigoletto: finding the light in one of the darkest stories in opera; An up-close look at two young artists striving to build careers in opera; How did you discover opera? Six Festival Opera fans tell all!