Townsend Opera was founded in 1983 by Modesto native Erik Buck Townsend, a graduate of Modesto High School, and international opera singer. Buck led the company tirelessly for 25 years. Buck passed away in fall of 2008, but not before ensuring the company would continue to thrive. In September 2018 the company became Opera Modesto, and in October 2018 Roy Stevens joined as the General & Artistic Director.
Opera Modesto is committed to providing Modesto and the surrounding community with access to high quality performances as well as to the most popular and well-known operas in the repertoire.