Nonprofit Feature: The Festival Opera Association
Scott Valley Bank is honored to provide support to community nonprofits. Periodically in this e-publication we will share a feature article about one of these nonprofits to increase awareness of their work. As Scott Valley Bank’s Walnut Creek branch recently sponsored two cultural chamber operas in Oakland put on by the Festival Opera Association, we would like to tell you more about this Bay Area arts-focused nonprofit.
Currently in its third decade, Festival Opera’s mission is to bring professional opera productions to San Francisco’s East Bay communities at affordable prices, as well as to assist young artists, directors, designers, and technicians in their pursuit of careers in the operatic field. In order to accomplish this, Festival Opera relies on community donations as well as many part-time volunteers who assist with special events, coordinate artist hospitality, work with technical and creative teams backstage, raise funds to support programming, write newsletters and blogs, and more.
Donations and volunteers support many reduced-cost performances throughout the year as well as the annual free Opera in the Park event, which brings the community together on a summer evening to enjoy some of the world’s finest music.
“Festival Opera’s community partners play a vital role in the cultural life of the region,” Festival Opera General Director Sara Nealy said. “Scott Valley Bank’s commitment is helping us bring extraordinary performances to the community that might otherwise be inaccessible.”
Scott Valley Bank applauds Festival Opera for its pursuit to make the performing arts accessible to all. If you’d like to learn more about their work or how you can volunteer, please visit the website at www.festivalopera.org.