Since 2006, Opera Naples brings internationally acclaimed artists to perform in some of the most beloved operas and world-class performances, earning significant praise from both critics and patrons. Just two years after its inception, Opera Naples was named Best Performing Arts Group by Gulfshore Life magazine! A community-based, nonprofit arts organization rooted in volunteerism, education and audience engagement, Opera Naples conducts an educational outreach program in local schools and an artist-in-residence program for emerging opera singers and the Opera Naples Academy, a 10-day intensive for exceptional professional opera singers to train with such opera luminaries as Sherrill Milnes, Veronica Villaroel, Manny Perez, and Maestro Ramón Tebar. Opera Naples produces a full season of opera and concerts in its permanent home, the Wang Opera Center, and main stage operas in Hayes Hall at Artis-Naples.

Mission Statement: To be a professional opera company known for excellence and innovation by presenting quality opera, musical performances, education, and community engagement programs.


The company made its official debut with a Viennese-style New Year’s ball on the eve of 2006. Since then its many performances in a wide variety of venues have consistently earned rave reviews and standing ovations. Just two years after its inception, Opera Naples was named Best Performing Arts Group by Gulfshore Life magazine

In its first decade, the company has presented such well-known grand operas as La bohème, Carmen, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Faust, Elijah, Eugene Onegin, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Pagliacci, The Magic Flute, and Tosca. It has staged modern works such as La Tragedie de Carmen, Maria de Buenos Aires, Tango, The Medium and The Telephone, and has produced major choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem. It has staged performances in venues ranging from the Artis–Naples Hayes Hall to local churches, schools, retirement communities and a public park.

Opera Naples has become firmly established as the city’s opera company and an important part of the cultural life of the region. We are proud to have earned local, regional and state government support, and are very grateful to our sponsors, donors and patrons who continue to encourage us and grow in number.

David and Cecile Wang opening

The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center

The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center serves as the centerpiece of the Davis Triangle Redevelopment Zone in east Naples, an area specifically focused on Culture and the Arts. The purchase of the land and the construction of the facility were funded mainly by private donors and supplemented through grants from the State of Florida. The resulting complex, which features administrative offices, rehearsal rooms, set and costume storage areas and the Judy and John Hushon Theatre, is devoted equally to public musical performance and to the education of multiple age levels and is believed to be the first of its kind in SW Florida. Opera Naples (the Wang Center's resident organization) currently stages professional chamber operas and concerts, as well as presents young artists’ auditions and performances on site.  It also uses the facility to routinely collaborate with many other local artistic groups, such as Artis-Naples, TheatreZone, and the music department of Florida's Gulf Coast University.  Finally, the facility's performing spaces are also made available to a wide variety of local community groups. For more information on leasing the Wang Opera Center please go to the "Lease our Venue" tab located under the "About" tab.

Strategic Objectives

Attract a growing audience by producing a range of quality operatic and musical productions

  • Achieve short-term financial health and establish a sound financial footing for the future
  • Increase individual donations from the current level of $400,000 to at least $800,000 by 2024
  • Identify and secure desirable, cost-effective performance venues that meet artistic requirements
  • Expand educational and community engagement programs
  • Strengthen Board and Staff
  • Enhance and promote the image, brand, and reputation of Opera Naples

Guild of Opera Naples.

Being a Guild Member is a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes, meet cast members and experience the life of a theatrical operation firsthand while knowing you are helping to keep opera alive in their community.

Premier event space.

Host spectacular receptions, recitals, concerts, and conferences in our large event space in the heart of Naples. Enjoy theatrical lighting, sound and projection with up to 320 tiered seats and 120 cafe-style seats.

Supporting our community.

Join us in our mission to provide powerful and insightful performances and help our community grow culturally through education and outreach to all ages and stages.