The company made its official debut with a Viennese-style New Year’s ball on the eve of 2006. Since then its many performances in a wide variety of venues have consistently earned rave reviews and standing ovations. Just two years after its inception, Opera Naples was named Best Performing Arts Group by Gulfshore Life magazine.
In its first decade, the company has presented such well-known grand operas as La Boheme, Carmen, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Faust, Elijah, Eugene Onegin, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Pagliacci, The Magic Flute, and Tosca. It has staged modern works such as La Tragedie de Carmen, Maria de Buenos Aires, Tango, The Medium and The Telephone, and has produced major choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem. It has staged performances in venues ranging from the Artis-Naples Performing Arts Center to local churches, schools, retirement communities and a public park.
Opera Naples has become firmly established as the city’s opera company and an important part of the cultural life of the region. We are proud to have earned local, regional and state government support, and are very grateful to our sponsors, donors and patrons who continue to encourage us and grow in number.
The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center
The 2016/2017 season was important because Opera Naples completed Phase II of the Wang Opera Center construction, the mezzanine level. The Wang Opera Center accommodates our administrative offices, rehearsal rooms, set and costume storage and the Judy and John Hushon Theatre.
Here Opera Naples stages chamber operas and concerts, young artists’ auditions and performances and collaborates with other local artistic groups, such as Artis-Naples, TheatreZone, and the music department at various schools such as Florida Gulf Coast University. The theatre is also made available to a wide variety of local community groups.
The Wang Center serves as the centerpiece of the Davis Triangle Redevelopment Zone in east Naples, an area focusing on cultural arts. The site was purchased and the building funded largely by private donations from individuals like David and Cecile Wang, for whom the Center is named, and by grants from the State of Florida. The center is believed to be the first of its kind devoted to public musical performance and multiple age levels of education to be opened in southwest Florida.