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Opera Naples new production of ‘Traviata’ melds music to color, stark drama

By Harriet Howard Heithaus of the Naples Daily News Part Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge,” part Toulouse-Lautrec painting, and all passion, “La Traviata” is getting sophisticated, in the name of simplicity. Opera Naples is taking a new, minimalist production of the Verdi masterpiece to the pavilion at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. But what’s called minimalist can be vastly more demanding …

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Opera Naples announces $4 million campaign

Opera Naples has started a new campaign to raise $4 million for shows, education and more. The three-year Campaign ON will help Opera Naples pay for productions, retire its short-term debt and expand its Naples headquarters (home of the 266-seat Wang Center performance space). The nonprofit opera company announced the campaign Wednesday, but the fundraising effort actually started with a …

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Spring music festival series – Performance special

Opera Naples is inviting guests from around the globe to join us for a spring music festival series to La Traviata at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburón Golf Resort, the Grammy-Award winning, Ying String Quartet and An Evening in the Palacio de Zarzuela at the Wang Opera Center. Purchase a ticket to La Traviata and one other production and get one free. …

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Opera Naples Opens Its Doors To Grammy Award-Winning Performers

The third and last concert of the Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series presented by Opera Naples will take place on March 8 at the Wang Opera Center, 2408 Linwood Ave. in Naples. The performance will feature the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet. As part of its O.N.E Community initiative, Opera Naples has invited orchestra students from Collier County high schools to …

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Opera Naples’ ‘Four-Note’ singing spoof and satire

Editorial Credit: By Harriet Howard Heithaus of the Naples Daily News Image Credits: Ivan Seligman Here’s a four-word review of “The Four-Note Opera.” Wicked. Difficult. Revealing. Provocative. The Tom Johnson sendup of the format and its stars presented by Opera Naples this weekend is just as much for lovers of edgy theater as it is for opera lovers — perhaps …

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Opera with wicked wit, cutthroat characters

Editorial Credit: By Harriet Howard Heithaus of the Naples Daily News Image Credit: Carolina K. Smith If there’s room for a Minute Waltz, surely there’s a space for a “Four-Note Opera.” If using four notes sounds stifling, stage director Tony Salatino will assure you — as will a listen to the patter on a YouTube selection from the work — …

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Review: ‘Opera Naples ‘Pasquale’ makes comic leap to ‘70s

By Harriet Howard Heithaus of the Naples Daily News Photo Credit: Scott McIntyre The question in Opera Naples’ production of “Don Pasquale” isn’t who is going to win Norina’s hand in the end. It’s who’s going to outdo whom next. Thanks to Music Director Ramó Tebar, vocal values were so strong at Thursday’s performance each new stage entry brought fresh …

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Opera Naples’ ‘Don Pasquale’: Bridezilla with a lava lamp

By Harriet Howard Heithaus of the Naples Daily News Photo credit: Scott McIntyre Steven Condy doesn’t look like a fool, and he’s not. He knows the potential in playing the cantankerous, con-able Don Pasquale, title character in the Donizetti opera. He may be getting fooled by his nephew and his physician in cahoots with the cagey Norina, but he also …

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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 …