Townsend Opera, based in Modesto, CA, was founded in 1983 by Modesto native Erik ‘Buck’ Townsend. February of 2008 Matthew Buckman was appointed Executive Director. In February 2017 Townsend Opera appointed Ryan Murray as Artistic Director and Charla Jeanne Lawson as Managing Director. Through their leadership, Townsend Opera will continue to welcome some of the greatest artists and personalities in the field to our community.
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