FOR RELEASE July 30, 2015
Opera Naples Announces its 2015-2016 Season:
Three Beloved Operas with Themes of Romance, Comedy, and Revenge
A World-Class Chamber Concert Series
Several New Initiatives
Naples, FL – Opera Naples’ Chairman of the Board and Acting General Manager John Hushon and the company’s Artistic Director Ramón Tebar, announced today what they described as their most exciting season to date, rich with international performers and new initiatives both on stage and behind the scenes.
The principal components of the season are three classic operas and one contemporary work, and the introduction of a three-part chamber concert series.
The first major work to be presented will be Johann Strauss Jr.’s beloved farcical operetta, Die Fledermaus, with its spirited music and interconnecting story lines all in one act; then Donizetti’s opera buffa, Don Pasquale, a tale of the antics of a young man whose uncle, the Don, has vowed to disinherit him when he refuses to marry a woman the uncle has selected as his bride, and the help provided by the nephew’s true love and the Don’s friend; and La Traviata, Verdi’s heartbreaking tale of a desirable, yet fragile, Parisian courtesan, who gives up the man she loves for the sake of his family’s good name. The last will be the hilarious Four Notes Opera, the work of contemporary American music critic and composer Tom Johnson.
Opera Naples will also present the debut season of the Beaux Arts Chamber Concert Series founded by the internationally renowned concert pianists Tao Lin and Catherine Lan. These two former child prodigies, now performing in major concert halls around the world, will play with three distinguished chamber ensembles: the legendary Shanghai String Quartet, the Grammy award winning Ying String Quartet, and three faculty members of the renowned Aspen Music Festival the brilliant Aspen String Trio.
Ramon Tebar commented, “I think we’re presenting a balanced season of both large and small-scale productions; traditional and contemporary works; full-costumed dramas and smaller scale concerts, along with one or two innovations. But what really stands out is the international reputations of many of our performers. Not only the extraordinarily gifted members of the Chamber Concert Series, but veterans like xxxxxxxxxxx, and xxxxxxx who’ve sung in some of the most famous venues in the world. Get names from Leah
“In the last 18 months, “Hushon commented, “we’ve received two substantial grants from the state; opened our new permanent home, the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center and hired Ramon Tebar as our a Artistic Director. We are currently conducting a nationwide search for a new General Manager, and hope to make that announcement before the end of the year.
“We feel reinvigorated,” Hushon continued. “Now entering our second decade, we’re taking a fresh look at everything we do –our marketing, our productions, our venues and our outreach programs – looking to present what we are striving to become: a renewed, updated and contemporary opera company ready to meet the challenges and demands of the years ahead.“
Reflecting its new drive, the company’s marketing initiatives include a new corporate logo and a new interactive website to be launched next month. It’s innovative productions not only include the presentation of a contemporary opera performed by students of the company’s Young Artists program, but two themed concerts, one an evening of favorite Neapolitan songs from Italy, the other an evening of Zarzula, the music and song art form that originated in Spain in the 17th century.
The company continues to present its major productions at Artis-Naples and its own David and Cecile Wang Opera Center, the centerpiece of the Davis Triangle Redevelopment Zone in east Naples, but another innovation this season is the staging of La Traviata in the new pavilion on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon.
Opera Naples’ outreach programs this year include yet another introduction: a new course Get ON Learning! that is open to community members of all ages for a small fee, and will offer a range of classes, including vocal technique, diction and acting for singers, as well as discussions of opera literature, all taught by local professionals.
“There’s a lot happening at Opera Naples,” Tebar concluded. “There’s change and a real buzz of excitement in the air. We’ve lined up some really outstanding performers, productions and programs to create what we hope will be a truly memorable season.”