Opera Naples Returns with ‘Toast’ & ‘Romeo and Juliet’

By David Salazar

Opera Naples will present a “Toast to Opera” on Nov. 17, followed by performances of “Roméo et Juliette” on December 4 and 5, 2022.

This “toast to the opera,” which will be held at the home of long-time supporters Bronwen Adams and Gerald Goldberg, will allow audiences an opportunity to meet newly appointed executive director, Laura Burns. 

As for the production of the Gounod classic, that will be conducted by the Artistic and Musical Director of Opera of Naples, Ramon Tebar. Leading the cast will be Argentine tenor Santiago Ballerini and soprano Jeanette Vecchione-Donatti. The soprano has sung on various major stages including the Vienna State Opera, the Champs Elysées Theatres, the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, and the Teatro Massimo di Catania, among others.

The performances will be presented in partnership with Artis-Naples.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to present this beloved classic to the community,” said Burns in an exclusive press statement. “We feel strongly that, now more than ever, the arts play an important role in our community and are excited to partner with Artis—Naples to present this popular retelling of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ We are also grateful for the Opera Naples Guild and their continued support of our organization and look forward to raising a glass to welcome back members and celebrate this fantastic production.”