David and Barbara Sloss established Fremont Opera in 2007. Having produced three operas at the beautiful Smith Center for the Performing Arts at Ohlone College, Fremont Opera continues to focus on offering Fremont, and neighboring communities, the best in regional and national young singers and an enjoyable and compelling experience with this great art form.
David Sloss, Artistic Director of Fremont Opera, comes to this project with many years of experience. From 1980, to 2012 he served as Music Director and Conductor of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. During his long association with West Bay Opera, beginning in 1981, he conducted over 20 productions for the Palo Alto company. Among them have been La clemenza di Tito, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, Tartuffe, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Così fan tutte, Italian Girl in Algiers, The Turn of the Screw, The Magic Flute, Pagliacci, Carmen, Count Ory, Falstaff, La Bohème, and Candide. He served as General Director of West Bay Opera from 1997 to 2005, and as stage director for productions of Carmen, Il Trovatore, The Barber of Seville, and Lucia di Lammermoor. He has also conducted operas for Pacific Repertory Opera, Berkeley Opera, the Lamplighters, the San Francisco Talent Bank, and the Oakland Symphony. From 1970 until the start of his full-time work at West Bay Opera in 1997, he was Professor of Music at Sonoma State University. Other conducting appearances have included the Santa Cruz County Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, ALEA II, Vallejo Symphony, and the Stanford Symphony. Prior to his appointment at Sonoma State University, Mr. Sloss worked as a producer and director for WGBH-TV in Boston, where he received an Emmy nomination for the National Educational Television series A Roomful of Music. He holds degrees in music from Harvard College and Stanford University.
Barbara Sloss, General Manager of Fremont Opera, has an exceptional combination of qualifications in both artistic and management areas. She was associated with West Bay Opera for over twenty-five years. For eleven years she was Financial Accountant for an international $500-million-dollar company. More recently she has been a staff member in financial management at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. At West Bay Opera she played a vital artistic role as Casting Coordinator. She is also a singer, and has appeared in various roles at West Bay Opera.