Festival Opera Association
For General Operating Support
Type of SupportGeneral Support/Organization
Under the aegis of its long-time artistic and music director, Michael Morgan, Festival Opera is widely regarded for its high-quality, innovative productions of classic operas, which are often presented with contemporary themes and settings. Each year, the organization produces two operas during its summer season and reaches more than 5,000 audience members at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Festival Opera also functions as a training ground by casting young American singers in lead roles and providing them with a rich opportunity for learning as they launch their careers. With renewed support, the organization plans to add a third production to its season, reinvigorate its programming for school-age children, retire its debt, and complete succession plans for pending administrative and artistic leadership changes. We are recommending a two-year grant term to closely monitor this leadership transition and the organization's financial stability.
About the Grantee
1630 North Main Street, Suite 61, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596, United States
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for general operating support
Under the aegis of its long-time artistic and music director, Michael Morgan, Festival Opera is widely regarded for its high-quality, innovative productions of classic operas, presented each summer at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Over the past two years, the organization has undergone significant changes, including the hire of a new executive director, a significant decline in revenue, and a subsequent decrease in programming. During the next two years, Festival Opera plans to enter a research and development phase. It seeks to re-envision its role in the arts ecosystem by experimenting in new and smaller-scale programs and engaging with new communities. We recommend a two-year grant term so we can closely monitor the organization’s transformation as it develops and begins to implement a new strategic plan.