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Opera Naples to Open New Year with Don Pasquale and the Aspen String Trio

What better way to begin the New Year than with musical performances that leave a smile on audiences faces? Plans for an arranged marriage and the threat of disinheritance won’t stand in the way of a young couple in love in Opera Naples’ new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s masterpiece Don Pasquale, one of the three most popular Italian comic operas …

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‘Die Fledermaus’ flies again with Opera Naples

“It is the perfect opera for the holiday season and to celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one with laughter and heart-felt warmth,” he said. “Die Fledermaus” (or “The Bat”) stars baritone Sean Anderson as the married man Eisenstein, who’s due to report to jail for tax evasion. Instead, Eisenstein’s friend Dr. Falke (baritone …

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Cluster Pluckin’ moves to Opera Naples this year

Neapolitan Russ Morrison says you’ve never been to a pluckin’ until you’ve been to the Neapolitan Opry’s Cluster Pluckin’, a bluegrass/folk/Americana/ jazz concert that Mr. Morrison organizes and promotes under the auspices of the Florida Fish Hook Tour. For its eighth annual program, Cluster Pluckin’ moves from The Norris Center to the new David and Cecile Wang Opera Center on …

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Opera Naples’ ‘Die Fledermaus’ brings operetta comedy to Artis—Naples

By Harriet Howard Heithaus of the Naples Daily News The only thing more effervescent than a Strauss waltz is a chorus of people singing it. So even if there are no Christmas tree or carols, Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” may be the perfect operetta for a holiday season. It layers familiar melodies, snappy dialogue and comic situations like a dense …

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Opera Naples Welcomes Hanthorn

Gulfshore Life Opera Naples Welcomes Hanthorn Jennifer Reed What a way to start a job. Dennis Hanthorn, the newly appointed executive director of Opera Naples, had his first day of work yesterday—a day that ended with a champagne reception for the company’s biggest supporters, trustees and a few select performers who joined artistic director Ramón Tebar in treating the crowd …

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Bigger tent: Opera Naples grows from opera to classes to concerts

Harriet Howard Heithaus 12:52 PM, Sep 7, 2015 Opera Naples is filling the upgraded David and Cecile Wang Opera Center fast: It’s adding a school and a chamber concert series this year. While the building at 2408 Linwood Ave., East Naples, was being updated for a sound booth, an elevator, fireproof stairs access and rehearsal room this summer, the company …

Opera Naples has a new vision for new season

BY NANCY STETSON nstetson@floridaweekly.com “Opera is a live art form, always in constant change,” says Ramon Tebar of Opera Naples. “It’s in constant evolution, development and change. We think it’s important to present these different formats and different ways (of doing opera) and give the public what they like, things like ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Die Fledermaus,’” he says, naming two …

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Opera for the funnybone in Naples

By: Harriet Howard Heithaus Posted: 11:58 AM, Aug 5, 2015 NAPLES, Fla. – Opera Naples is bringing in bats, bad-boy baritones and brindisis — drinking songs — for the entire audience to sing in its coming season. The recently announced season includes: “Die Fledermaus” Dec. 22
“Don Pasquale” Jan. 14 and 16
“The Four Note Opera” Feb. 12 and 13
“La Traviata” March …

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Opera Naples to Keep Traditions, Add Edge in 11th Season

It’s Ramón Tebar’s second season as artistic director of Opera Naples, and he hasn’t lost any of his newcomer’s enthusiasm. Tebar (pictured) met with Gulfshore Life last week to talk about the upcoming season and his vision for the company, which is entering its 11th year. He’s brimming with ideas—both in what he wants to do with the company and …