Community Activities 2017-2018 Season
Opera Naples produces and performs a diversified program of music offerings to the community under the general headings of outreach and education. These activities, an important part of our operations, are described below:
Resident Artists Program
This program provides an artistically challenging residency for emerging professional singers who are pursuing a career in opera. Resident Artists are selected through a national search to work with Opera Naples during the peak season and are provided with housing, a weekly stipend, and a travel stipend. Opera Naples staff, supplemented by other area professional artists, provide coaching, instruction, and career advice.
The Resident Artists perform principal roles in operas at the Wang Opera Center, perform secondary roles in mainstage operas at Artis-Naples, perform a children’s opera for the In-School tour program, and perform in various community events and concerts. This season, the Resident Artists will participate in the Opera Naples Renata Scotto Opera Academy in a production of L’elisir d’amore, directed by Madame Scotto.
Applications are accepted through YAPtracker.com
Student Apprentice Program
This year-round program gives local students, ages 7-21 training and public performance opportunities including singing solo roles in main stage productions when applicable, singing in the Opera Naples Adult Chorus or Opera Naples Youth Chorus, and performing in “Scenes for Teens” programs and community concerts. Youth also perform in ON’s outreach ensemble “Sing for Smiles” which visits local assisted and independent living facilities. Private vocal lessons and coaching are provided as well as group master classes. There is no cost to participants. Admission is determined by audition and interview.
Summer Youth Program
Each summer, students ages 13-21 are engaged in a two week training program that culminates in performing an operetta. In addition to preparing the production, the youth participate in master classes and workshops focusing on a variety of topics associated with opera including proper vocal technique, acting and improvisation, set and prop construction, and costume design. All interested participants are accepted into the program and perform in the production regardless of experience or audition. Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of the tuition.
Elementary In-School Tour
Opera Naples’ Resident Artists tour a one-act children’s opera to Collier and Lee County schools and after-school programs to expose grade school children to opera. The presentation includes an introduction about opera and etiquette, the performance, and a question and answer session between the students and performers. Previous in-school operas, specifically designed for elementary school students, have included Stop, Bully, The Billy Goat’s Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. Each school year, Opera Naples exposes more than 3,000 children to opera!
High School and University Partners in Music Education
Include Opera Naples performances in your curriculum. Enroll your class for student ticket discounts. Contact Alice Karow (239) 963-9050.