June  15, 2015
Marriott Opera in the Park this Sunday!
Tribute to Dads ~ Bring Dad & A Picnic

   Festival Opera, along with our new community partners -- the Walnut Creek Marriott and Macy's Broadway Plaza -- brings back our popular, free family-friendly summer concert with an afternoon of al fresco opera dedicated to Dads.  Bring a picnic and hum along to opera favorites and popular odes to Pops.
   Featured artists are soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo-soprano Molly Mahoney, baritone Daniel Cilli, and tenor Jose Hernandez with conductor and musical director John Kendall Bailey
   Seema Shah's Indian dance troupe will perform Bollywood dance to celebrate Festival Opera's production of two Indian chamber operas this fall.
   Civic Park is located in downtown Walnut Creek at the corner of Civic Drive and Broadway, next to the main library; free parking is available off Civic. The program begins at 3:00 p.m., so arrive early to stake out a good spot for the concert and a picnic.
   Event supported in part by grants from The Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Event sponsors include Diablo Magazine and San Francisco Classical Voice.
Get Your Tickets Now for
R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

   Tickets are on now on sale for Festival Opera's 2015 production of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

    * Opening Night Dinner at Prima
    Join us for a special opening-night experience: good food, good wine, and good company at an elegant pre-opera dinner at Prima Ristorante, just a block from the Lesher Center. Just $120 per person, reserve your place at the same time you order your opera tickets.
Click here for complete ticketing information.
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 Baer, Secretary      

Nina Bancroft Dickerson 

Jennifer Kwock-Lau     

Diane Heald         







2015 Calendar
    Tickets On Sale for
   Ariadne auf Naxos

SUN June 21   
3 pm
Marriott Opera in the Park
Father's Day Tribute to Dads
Civic Park, Walnut Creek
THUR June 25
7 pm 
Festival Opera Lite:
"Heart and Soul"
Walnut Creek Marriott
Rebecca Garcia, soprano
Igor Vieira, baritone
FRI July 10Opening Night Party
Prima Ristorante, Walnut Creek 
FRI July 10 
SUN July 12
Ariadne auf Naxos 
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek 
Nov 13-14
Chamber operas: 
Holst's Savitri and
River of Light
Nov 15
Chamber operas: 
Performance in San Jose
Venue TBA
Dec 10  
6:30 pm 
2015 Holiday Gala
Round Hill Country Club
Festival Opera Lite "Heart and Soul: 
Songs that Tug on the Heartstrings"
Walnut Creek Marriott~Thursday, June 25
Igor Vieira
Rebecca Garcia
    Festival Opera Lite is back by popular demand for another engagement at the Walnut Creek Marriott, with "Heart and Soul -- Songs that Tug at the Heartstrings." Festival Opera Lite presents familiar opera arias, popular songs and Broadway show tunes. Come enjoy a laid-back social scene with music, food, wines, and good company.  
   Featured Bay Area opera stars Rebecca Garcia and Igor Vieira will be joined by piano accompanist, Danielle Naler. A wonderful menu for dinner and small plates is available, and wine specials will also be offered in Atrio Restaurant in the hotel lobby. No cover charge, however a one-drink minimum is requested.    
   Baritone Igor Vieira has performed 80 different operatic roles. He made his San Francisco Opera debut in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West in 2010, being the first male Brazilian singer ever to perform with the company. In 2011, he returned to the San Francisco Opera stage to sing with Renee Fleming in Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia to great critical acclaim.
   Festival Opera favorite, soprano Rebecca Garcia, has sung in our 2014 production of Ullmann's chamber opera, The Emperor of Atlantis, in the 2012 Make Our Garden Grow concert, as Juliette in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette (2004), and as Paquette in Bernstein's Candide in 2005.
   For more information and reservations for dinner during "Heart and Soul" in Atrio, call the Walnut Creek Marriott at 925.934.2000.