San Francisco may be known for opera, but it is not the only place around here that you can see and hear great performances. The peninsula has its very own company, West Bay Opera, which puts on various full-fledged shows throughout the year. Founded by an opera aficionado, and local resident, the opera company has stayed true to its roots, putting on lovely shows in (most-often) intimate settings by making use of area performance venues. The company also uses area singers and performers to fill in choruses and parts, and the headliners are also sometimes local personalities. Much of the stage crew work is performed by volunteers.