NOTES                  Happy Holidays!


December  18, 2014
Last Chance to Make an End-of-Year Donation to Festival Opera 
Don't miss the opportunity to donate to Festival Opera at this important time of giving.
Angel-ponte angelo
Angel with the Lance
Domenico Guidi
Ponte Sant'Angelo, Rome
Won't you be an angel?
Please help us meet the challenge.

1. Mail your check to:

Festival Opera
1630 N. Main St. #61
Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

2. Donate online via PayPal. $100 or more makes you a member of Festival Opera.

3. Call 925.944.9610 to make a credit card donation by telephone.

Thanks for helping us meet the challenge and for providing the foundation for the 2015 season.  
2015 Calendar

January         Annual Members Meeting
                         details TBA

SUN June 21  Opera in the Park
                    Civic Park, Walnut Creek

FRI July 10    Opening Night Party
                    Prima Ristorante, Walnut Creek

FRI July 10     Ariadne auf Naxos
SUN July 12    Lesher Center for the Arts
November     Chamber operas:
                    Holst's Savitri and
                    Perla's River of Light
                    venue TBA
New Chorister Joins Festival Opera Family!

Longtime chorus members Heather Braganza-Roman and Tod Roman, welcomed their first child,Tyler Rex Roman, on May 13, 2014. They think he will be a tenor.
Heather coordinated the Festival Opera children's chorus on several productions.

Happy holidays and congratulations to the new family. 
Contact Us

Festival Opera

1630 North Main Street, #61 

Walnut Creek, California 94596   



Sara Nealy - General Director

Dick Brundage, CBC - Marketing Director  



Board of Directors   

Susie Hanson, Chair

Peter Johnson, Vice Chair 

David Kingsbury, Treasurer      

David Baer, Secretary      

Nina Bancroft Dickerson 

Jennifer Kwock-Lau     

Diane Heald    

Musical America 30: Profiles in Courage
Festival Opera Honored
Festival Opera general director Sara Nealy was selected to be one of 30 people who have "taken a risk, spoken out where others were silent-all to the measurable benefit of their arts organizations and the field."

According to the editors of Musical America, the choices from hundreds of nominees worldwide were based on those who can show measurable results, uniqueness, persistence in the face of resistance or hardened tradition, and inventiveness... the risk-takers and innovators.
Read Sara's profile by Georgia Rowe here

Michael Morgan, longtime conductor and artistic director for Festival Opera, and Oakland East Bay Symphony music director, was also selected. 
Read Michael's profile by Georgia Rowe here.
Festival Opera's 2014 Holiday Gala
The 2014 Holiday Gala was enjoyed by even more guests this year. Festival Opera's biggest fundraiser of the year was held December 3.
Shawnette Sulker and Kirk Eichelberger brought down the house with their rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside"... along with a few operatic selections! Beautiful Indian dancers did a hip hop/classical mash up, and guests wined and dined.  Here are a few images from the night:

2014 honoree Silvia Lin
Shawnette Sulker accompanied by Chun Mei Wilson
Kirk Eichelberger

Chinmayi Bettadapur  
Ione Gille &  
some of her guests

Susie Hanson & Janet-marie Persico

Barbara & Gary Drummond
Anthony & Ella Greenhouse, guests of Jennifer Kwock-Lau (center)
Susan Dupree & Elaine Reisert

Lisa Sanders, Joanne Drumm & Nina Dickerson
Bill & Navid Armstrong
Miriam Drumm welcomes guests

Barbara &
TJ Gilmartin
Frank Morgan with 2013 honoree
Diane Mauch
Joan & Jack Waddell

Pamela Philbert, Kirk Eichelberger, Jim & Bonnie Schmidt
Mysore & Prabha Gopal, Susie Hanson and David Baer
Frank Hanna, auctioneer