The Founder

Richard GoodmanWest Edge Opera was founded as Berkeley Opera in 1979 by baritone Richard Goodman, also an Engineering Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, who is now Artistic Director Emeritus.


Our Mission

West Edge Opera believes that everyone, regardless of age, circumstance or background, can discover the excitement and relevance of opera in their lives. We look at the art form through a new lens, re-imagining tradition to connect with a modern audience. We create innovative experiences of the highest quality that respect the original spirit of the work.

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