Opera Naples Names Sherrill Milnes, Honorary Chair of ‘An Egyptian Fantasy’ Gala

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Naples has announced that Sherrill Milnes will be the Honorary Chairman of the company’s annual fundraising gala, “An Egyptian Fantasy,” which will be held on December 11, 2018.

In a press release Milnes said, “In little more than a decade, Opera Naples has distinguished itself from many others by building a home of its own and creating an academy for emerging international stars. It has the promise of a regional, perhaps even national, identity. But it needs our support and encouragement to scale those heights. I hope the Southwest Florida community will join me in showing support of this outstanding young opera company we’re so fortunate to have in our midst, by attending the annual gala.”

Milnes is one the legendary singers of his generation who appeared in over 650 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, where he was honored with 16 new productions, seven opening nights, and 10 national telecasts. He is a Grammy winner and has performed with some of the leading artists of his generation including Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Joan Sutherland. He and his wife run a program entitled Savannah VOICE Festival.

“An Egyptian Fantasy” gala is a principal source of support for Opera Naples and its signature fundraiser for the season. Funds raised at the gala allow for the sustencance of a permanent opera company that enriches the Southwest Florida community by presenting performances with international artists and rising stars.