Henry and Maria Holt

When Henry Holt founded West Bay Opera in 1955, his two goals were to provide the community with its own opera company and to provide the opportunity for young beginning students to get training and experience. After Henry’s death in 1969, his wife Maria Holt assumed the General Directorship of West Bay Opera and continued in that capacity for the next 27 years, maintaining the mission statement for community opera and opportunity for young singers.

Tony Cuevas

Tony Cuevas had both a love of music and talent for singing all his life. As a child, he performed for years with both the Saint Dominic’s Boy Choir and the San Francisco Opera.  For over twenty years, his shared baritone voice with the San Francisco Men’s Choir.   He also sang numerous leading roles in West Bay Opera productions, where he delighted in watching young opera talent perform, including his own children!

Bernie and Lisa Kalvelage

Bernie and Lisa Kalvelage met in Nuremberg, Germany where their first date was to the Opera. They made their home in Cupertino most of their lives. Together they shared a love of Opera for over sixty years.  Bernie and Lisa were passionate about supporting the arts in their local community, and helping develop the Opera talent of tomorrow.

Alice Fischgrund

A chance encounter led to a new friendship and an invitation to an opera costume sale fundraiser.  From there, Alice attended her first opera and was hooked.  She became an opera volunteer as well as attended numerous fundraising galas.  Alice enjoyed seeing operas in some of the great opera houses of the world. 


Herb Fischgrund established this scholarship in memory of Alice.

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Alice Fishgrund

Ellie Silver

Ellie was a retired flight attendant, who loved opera and travel.  She volunteered at both the West Bay Opera and with the opera guild, devoting many hours.  Ellie along with her husband, was a generous patron of the arts.