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Fundraising for Opera Naples

Opera Naples, Florida, will hold its Second Annual Eurofest fundraising event on Saturday, August 29, at the home of Maestro William Noll.

To enrich the Southwest Florida community by presenting opera perfomances and educational programms which engage internationally renowned performers and directors while nurturing regionally-based talent through the creation of a permanent local opera company. With this mission in mind Opera Naples celebrated its debut at the end of 2005 with a New Year's Eve Opera Ball. Then the field house of the Community school was converted into a Grand Opera House for the occasion.

"Opera is a patronage art form."

With four seasons of opera productions successfully completed, Opera Naples has demonstrated the ability to produce all aspects of full-scale, high quality opera. At first administrated exclusively by volunteers, meanwhile Opera Naples has taken major steps toward becoming a professionally staffed opera company. With the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Gulf Coast High School is Oper Naple's main venue.

"Opera Naples is well received by our fellow arts organizations, local businesses and loyal followers, and our list of patrons continue to grow," says Steffanie Pearce , the General/Artistic Director of the not-for-profit, grass-roots organisation." However opera is a patronage art form. It cannot be supported with ticket revenue alone.

Actually performance ticket venues account for just over 50 percent of Opera Naples' operating expenses. The remainder is covered by sponsorships, private donations, grants and revenues generated by fundraising events.

Second Annual Eurofest fundraising

Therefore Steffanie Pearce is looking forward to the Second Annual Eurofest fundraising event from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, August 29 at the home of Maestro William Noll, 6888 Trail Boulevard in North Naples: "Happily, many musicians of national and international stature have relocated to our area and graviously share their expertise as leaders of Naples' orchestra."

Opera Naples General & Artistic Director Steffanie Pearce

Opera Naples General & Artistic Director Steffanie Pearce

An intimate, breathtaking setting. Including a Bösendorfer concert grand.

Conductor/Pianist William Noll is a performance veteran of the major concert halls of the United States and Europe. And, in the spring of 2000, he made his conducting debut in Beijing, for an outstanding sold-out performance of an all-Tchaikovsky program. From Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York to festivals and tours in Italy, Belgium, and now China, Mr. Noll has established excellence in performance standards for almost three decades. He has held positions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Choral Guild of Atlanta, Providence Opera Theatre; and the summer festivals of Aspen, Spoleto and Brevard.

Recently, Mr. Noll re-established his classical piano career by appearing in New York City, as guest soloist, with the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jens Nygaard in performances of the virtuoso work, Concerto #2, by Xaver Scharwenka. He appeared this season as soloist with the Dekalb Symphony in Atlanta in performances of the Piano Concerto by Aaron Copland in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday celebration. As a conductor/pianist Mr. Noll has collaborated with James Levine, Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Julius Rudel, Milton Katims, John Nelson, Eve Queler, Jorge Mester, Christian Badea, and Donald Vorhees, among many others.

Maestro William Noll with Janelle McCoy, soprano, and Asley Howard Wilkinson (right), bass

Maestro William Noll with Janelle McCoy, soprano, and Asley Howard Wilkinson (right), bass

"Maestro Noll’s home provides a spectacular venue for this event," says Steffanie Pearce. "His music salon offers extraordinarily superb acoustics and includes a 9-foot Bosendorfer concert grand piano. Those in attendance will enjoy a beautiful performance in an intimate setting that is breathtaking. As an added treat, they will have an opportunity to view Maestro’s extensive fine art collection. We are very grateful that he has graciously opened his home for what promises to be a delightful evening. The entire experience will truly be a feast for the senses."

Place your ticket order

The event will feature art songs and arias of Italy, Spain, France and Germany performed by Randolph Locke, tenor, a featured singer with the San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago and his wife, mezzo-soprano Carol Sparrow of New York City Opera in Maestro Noll’s intimate, acoustically perfect salon surrounded by his extensive fine art collection.

The artists will be accompanied by Robin Shuford Frank on Maestro Noll’s a Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Fine wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Tickets to the event are $95 per person and can be purchased via e-mail at or by calling 239.514.SING (7464). Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted. One hundred twenty-five (125) tickets are available. Attendees are encouraged to place their ticket orders promptly. Proceeds from the event will benefit Opera Naples’ general fund. (rulö)

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Nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida.

Nestled on the sun drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida.

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