Opera Naples Announces Outstanding Performances To Come In April

NAPLES, Fla. - March 14, 2019 - PRLog -- Naples' premiere opera company, Opera Naples, has three exceptional performances scheduled in April, and the public is invited to attend for free an Opera Naples Academy masterclass with legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes.

Opera Naples Academy Concert

April 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Wang Opera Center

Opera Naples Academy is a 10-day intensive for exceptional opera singers who audition from around the world to work with legendary artists in the field of opera in private voice coaching, workshops, and master classes. Esteemed faculty members include Sherrill Milnes, Manny Perez, Verónica Villarroel, and Ramón Tebar. The program runs from March 31st to April 9th and culminates in a public concert in which all participants perform. The Academy's spring session concert offers the Naples community a rare glimpse of the international opera stars of the future!

Ticket prices: $20, $34, $48, $59.

Free Public Master Class with Sherrill Milnes

April 4th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Wang Opera Center

Sherrill Milnes is universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation. A leading artist in all the world's great opera houses, Milnes sang over 650 performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Now retired from performing, he continues to teach masterclasses, judge competitions, and nurture the next generation of opera stars.

This masterclass is part of Opera Naples Academy and is the only masterclass that is open to the public. You will witness legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes working with the opera stars of the future!

This is a free event. No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.

Roberto Díaz, viola, (Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series)

April 11, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Wang Opera Center

The Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series presents the preeminent violist in the world today, president and CEO of Philadelphia's famed Curtis Institute, Roberto Díaz. A violist of international reputation, he is former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner. Mr. Díaz plays the ex-Primrose Amati viola.

Pianist Tao Lin will be performing with Roberto Díaz, and the program will include music by Manuel De Falla, Johannes Brahms, and Paul Hindemith

Ticket prices: $20, $34, $48, $59.

Georges Bizet's sultry opera, Carmen

April 24 and 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

Artis-Naples Hayes Hall

The season will conclude with Georges Bizet's Carmen (sung in French with English supertitles). Set in southern Spain, Carmen presents a love triangle with the zesty temptress gypsy girl, Carmen, at the center between a love-struck soldier who descends into jealousy and desperation, and a handsome bullfighter. Everyone will recognize the famous "Habanera" and "Toreador's Song." Maestro Ramón Tebar will conduct an outstanding international cast in this fully staged opera accompanied by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carmen - Gaëlle Arquez

Micaëla  - Heather Phillips

Don Jose - Rafael Davila

Escamillio - Anatoli Sivko

Ticket prices: $25, $55, $85, $110, $115.

Ticketing Information:

Tickets are currently on sale for all performances. VIP Section tickets at the Wang Opera Center include a backstage reception after the performance to meet the artists. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (239) 963- 9050 or visit operanaples.org.

About Opera Naples:

Located in the heart of Naples in Southwest Florida's Collier County, Opera Naples is dedicated to presenting opera productions and concerts of the highest quality. An artistic powerhouse in an area known for its pristine beaches world-class dining, shopping, and art galleries, Opera Naples is a cultural gem in Southwest Florida.

Opera Naples presents internationally renowned performers and directors, while nurturing the region's promising young talent. Each season, Opera Naples produces classic grand operas at Artis-Naples, as well as chamber opera and concerts at the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center.  A staunch proponent of community service and education outreach, the company has introduced opera to over 60,000 local area children since its inception and offers various programs, including Lee and Collier county in-school programs and performances, the Resident Artists Program and Summer Youth Program. Opera Naples Academy, now in its third season, with a faculty of revered opera luminaries, offers an immersive program of vocal instruction, lectures and masterclasses to exceptional singers from all over the world.

Opera Naples is led by Executive Director Timothy Todd Simmons who brings more than 20 years of executive and administrative leadership to Opera Naples from major American opera companies, and by internationally renowned Spanish conductor, Artistic Director Ramón Tebar, known for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations, and orchestra building skills.

Over the past decade, the company has earned local, regional, and state government support. Opera Naples is grateful to its sponsors, patrons, and many supporters who have helped it become an important part of the cultural fabric of the region. Opera Naples is located at the Wang Opera Center, 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples, Florida, 34112 USA. For more information, visit OperaNaples.org, call (239) 963-9050 or email info@OperaNaples.org.
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