Latin Infusion!

Latin Infusion!

In its ninth season, Gulfshore Opera (GO) will explore the music of Latin America and stage two operas set in Spain in partnership with Collier County’s Celebration of Hispanic Arts and Culture “¡ARTE VIVA!” Other music and culture themes include “Songs of Ireland” and “Around the World in Song.” 

Recognized as the only touring opera company in Florida, GO plans a total of 40 performances at 20 different venues to serve residents and visitors in Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Estero, Bonita Springs, Naples and Marco Island. The opera company will administer this ambitious schedule from its new headquarters in Estero.

Activities begin in November with “Latin Infusion!” on tour November 3-17. Attendees will experience a kaleidoscope of Latin music including boleros, zarzuela and Latin pop, by Gipsy Kings, Santana and others. Performing this Hispanic Heritage concert are Fernando Gonzalez, a member of “The Latin Divo” from Cuba, and GO Diva Erika Ramirez, from Venezuela, accompanied by guitarist, pianist and percussionist — all from Cuba. 

Also in November, GO Divas, the popular young women’s vocal ensemble, returns for its fourth fall tour. On Nov. 13, the GO Divas will perform a concert at Lamb of God Church in Estero with proceeds benefitting Feeding the 5,000 — the largest Thanksgiving ministry in Southwest Florida, providing Thanksgiving meals to families in need in Lee and Collier counties.

The high season community concerts kick off with “Opera to Broadway, American Composers” which can be seen at many venues between Jan. 19 and Feb. 4, 2023. The program will consist of selections from American opera, songs and musicals by Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim and others. Gulfshore Opera’s Professional Artists in Residence perform with piano accompaniment.  

In February, the company presents the first of two full-scale productions. “The Barber of Seville,” by Gioachino Rossini, is a classic comedy with a playful energy that springs from Rossini’s ebullient music. It will be presented in a whimsical new production inspired by the art of Antoni Gaudi. The tour will begin in Estero on February 19.

As a nonprofit with an active social initiative for at-risk students, GO places great importance on its annual fundraising opera gala. The Gulfshore Opera Gala will be March 12, opening with the “Bel canto to Bernstein” concert at Vanderbilt Presbyterian church. Those who purchase the gala package will move to The Club at the Strand ballroom for an elegant dinner and fundraising activities following the concert. 

Also in March, celebrate the rich heritage of the Emerald Isle with “Songs of Ireland.” Back by popular demand, the GO Divas will perform beautiful traditional and contemporary Irish song arrangements in the style of Celtic Woman and others, accompanied by piano, fiddle and drums.

Community concerts continue with “Around the World in Song,” which visits all three counties March 28-31. In this series, GO artists offer a wide ranging musical journey, performing popular and classical songs from around the world! 

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni

The Season 9 finale grand opera production is “Don Giovanni.” Mozart’s dark comedy, set in 18th century Spain, is known as one of the greatest operas of all time. Based on the Spanish legend of Don Juan, this philandering hero blazes a path to his own destruction in a single day! 

The company plans a full-scale production in partnership with Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring renowned soloists with lush sets and costumes. Experience this classic opera at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall on April 21 or Artis-Naples on April 30.

 

 

Gulfshore Opera Season 9

For tickets and info, visit  www.gulfshoreopera.org or call GO Headquarters at (239)529-3925.

 

GO Divas Concert (Benefit for Feeding the 5000)
Nov. 13, 2022

Arbor at Lamb of God Church, Estero

Tickets starting at $35

 

Latin Infusion!
Nov. 15, 2022
Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs 

Tickets starting at $40

 

Mostly Mozart

Jan. 26, 2023

Daniels Pavilion at Artis-Naples 

Tickets: $55

 

Opera to Broadway, American Composers

Feb. 2 , 2023

Alliance for the Arts theater, Fort Myers 

Tickets starting at $35

 

The Barber of Seville 

Feb. 19, 2023

Vineyard at Lamb of God Church, Estero

Tickets starting at $35

 

Songs of Ireland

March 8, 2023

Green Market Stage at Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers

March 15, 2023
St. Leo Parish Life Center, Bonita Springs

Tickets starting at $35

 

Gulfshore Opera Gala 2023
March 12, 2023
Concert: Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples
Reception & Dinner: The Club at the Strand
Concert Only Tickets starting at $45; Gala Package, $300

 

Around the World in Song
March 28, 2023
St. Leo Parish Life Center, Bonita Springs

Tickets starting at $50

 

Don Giovanni
April 21, 2023
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Ft. Myers

Tickets starting at $35

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