A MESSAGE FROM
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
ONZ, DBE, AC
Dear Opera Lovers:
I am fortunate to have a home in Naples. It is a wonderful city I try to escape to whenever I can. Opera Naples is a terribly important part of what attracts people here. It’s part of the rich cultural landscape that distinguishes our community from so many others.
Not only does Opera Naples keep alive the thrilling traditions of opera, but it does so with a style and quality that earns rave reviews; audience and media reaction that seem even more appreciative each new season.
Furthermore, its excellent outreach program introduces opera to our youth and nurtures young talents that deserve to develop and grow. This is so important to the future of the music we love.
The French playwright Jean-Baptiste Molière said: “Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.” How right he was! Staging operas is indeed a costly affair. I encourage you to give as generously as you can to help keep this treasured and much-loved art form alive.
The future of opera in Naples is in your hands. Hands that I hope will be able to continue to applaud great performances in our town long into the future.
Kiri Te Kanawa
(Reproduced from the program for our 2013 Great Gatsby Gala)