The 2016/2017 season was important because Opera Naples completed Phase II of the Wang Opera Center construction, the mezzanine level. The Wang Opera Center accommodates our administrative offices, rehearsal rooms, set and costume storage and the Judy and John Hushon Theater.
Here Opera Naples stages chamber operas and concerts, young artists’ auditions and performances and collaborates with other local artistic groups, such as Artis-Naples, TheatreZone, and the music department at various school such as Florida Gulf Coast University. The theater is also made available to a wide variety of local community groups.
The Wang Center serves as the centerpiece of the Davis Triangle Redevelopment Zone in east Naples, an area focusing on cultural arts. The site was purchased and the building funded largely by private donations from individuals like David and Cecile Wang, for whom the Center is named, and by grants from the State of Florida. The center is believed to be the first of its kind devoted to public musical performance and multiple age levels of education to be opened in southwest Florida.