Opera Naples receives a grant to expand the school programming of resident artists


Opera Naples, one of Naples’ leading performing arts organizations, announced it has received a $12,000 grant from the Collier Community Foundation. These funds will support the expansion of artist-in-residence school programming.

The Artist-in-Residence program provides young, emerging artists with invaluable performance experience as they develop their professional career in opera. Resident artists are selected through a national search to work with the Naples Opera during peak season and receive housing, stipends, mentoring, instruction and career advice. Participants perform a variety of lead and supporting roles in local operas, events and concerts.

As part of the program, resident artists visit a one-act youth opera at Collier and Lee County schools and after-school programs to expose elementary school children to the arts. The presentation includes an introduction to opera and etiquette, the performance, and a question-and-answer session between students and performers. The performances introduce students to theatrical opera and include positive messages about anti-bullying, peer acceptance and dealing with emotional stress. Specifically designed for elementary school students, previous productions have included “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Billy Goat’s Gruff”, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, and “Stop, Bully!”

Currently, Opera Naples exposes more than 3,000 children to opera each school year. The Collier Community Foundation grant will help Opera Naples expand access to the arts for more than 4,000 children and create additional opportunities to inspire the next generation of young artists in Southwest Florida.

“Despite the recent setbacks we have experienced, including the need to rebuild the Wang Opera Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, our team understands the important role we play in the community and is committed to continuing to provide a valuable educational programming,” said Laura Burns, Director. director of the Naples Opera. “I truly believe that we have a responsibility to future generations to keep opera alive as an art form and we are committed to enriching Southwest Florida by providing diverse opportunities for learners of all ages. and at all levels.

The Collier Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grants from the Community Impact Fund. This fund is made up of donors who believe in the ability of the Community Foundation to identify and meet the most current needs of the community.

To learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program and additional training opportunities at Opera Naples, visit OperaNaples.org.

About the Naples Opera

Dedicated to presenting high-quality opera and concert productions featuring internationally acclaimed performers and directors, Opera Naples in Naples, Florida is an artistic powerhouse. Since its creation, the company has presented great operas as well known as “La bohème”, “Carmen”, “Faust”, “La Traviata”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Rigoletto”, “Tosca”, etc. An advocate of community service and education, Opera Naples has introduced opera to more than 60,000 children since its inception through its various programs, including the Lee and Collier County School Programs and Performances, the resident artists and the summer program for young people. The company is also dedicated to nurturing promising young talent in the region through the Naples Opera Academy led by a faculty of revered opera luminaries who offer an immersive program of vocal instruction, conferences and masterclasses. The company has won support from local, regional and state governments. For more information, visit OperaNaples.org or contact [email protected]

About the Collier Community Foundation

The Collier Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Collier Community Foundation manages more than 850 funds, works with hundreds of nonprofits, and has awarded more than $268 million to nonprofits, community programs, and scholarships. Give knowingly. Powerful results. Learn more at colliercf.org or call 239-649-5000.


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