The Mikado

“I give high marks for Gulfshore’s first attempt at a fully staged production. If the enthusiastic audience response is any indication, they’re here to stay”

Southwest Florida Journal

serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties.

Welcome to the inaugural season of Gulfshore Opera
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Mar 28, 2015

4 – 6:30pm | Bay Laurel Estates, Pelican Marsh

Hosted by John and Marilynn Dessauer. Enjoy good food and wine, friendship and beautiful singing by tenor Jorge Pita and soprano Steffanie Pearce.

Menu: Fine wine and hors d’eorves

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May 2, 2015

In partnership with Artis-Naples

8:00pm | Daniels Pavillion at Artis-Naples

This chamber concert features an octet of talented vocalists and the Naples Philharmonic orchestra performing various selections from the most enduring operas of the baroque period. The performance is narrated by an actor in period costume.

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February 13, 2015

7:30pm | Moorings Presbyterian Church

Recognized around the globe as an original member of the Irish Tenors, Anthony Kearns returns to Naples for a concert of beloved melodies from Ireland to Broadway, to Grand Opera. Anthony will be joined by​ soprano Nathalie Avila and accompanied by pianist Jon Laird. Premium plus ticket holders are invited to meet the artists post-concert at a champagne and chocolates reception on premise.

February 28 |  March 1 & 6, 2015

Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Bonita Center for the Performing Arts, & First Christian Church


High Comedy English Musical Theater; first performed at the Savoy Opera House in London in 1885, the Mikado is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. This full-scale classic production features traditional sets, costumes and specialists of the G&S repertoire from New York.

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November 6, 8 & 9 2014

Gulfshore Opera’s Debut Concert in all 3 counties

Thrilling soloists accompanied by full orchestra and chorus present the most powerful and passionate musical moments of Verdi  ‘s​ ​greatest works. ​ Maestro Paul Nadler conducts 100+ performers on stage.  All enhanced by big screen and live video projections with translated text. Post – Concert Inaugural Celebration at Harborside on November 9th. Champagne Toast by Mayor Henderson

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December 7, 3:00pm & 7:00pm | Bonita

December 21, 4:00 pm | Fort Myers

Adapted from the opera by ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK. This special Family Holiday show is performed in English with colorful sets and costumes, accompanied by chamber orchestra. Leading roles are sung by professional opera singers. The children’s chorus and ballet are members of the Bonita Center for the Arts Performing Arts program. Come bring the whole family to enjoy this charming fairy tale.

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January 4, 2015

In partnership with Artis–Naples

7:00pm | Hayes Hall at Artis–Naples

In 2014, Michael Fabiano was the first person to win both the Richard Tucker Award and Beverly Sills Artist award in the same year, and is considered one of the greatest young tenors in the world today. This concert of beloved opera arias and duets, is a benefit for the new company. All artists are donating their services to help promote community well – being through high quality performances of classical vocal music. Benefactors are invited to meet Michael and Joyce for a wine reception.*

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Community Outreach

In partnership with Artis-Naples

A bold new direction for our educational outreach program is underway. The Gulfshore Harmony Choir is an El Sistema inspired youth development program that uses music to enable every child to feel like an asset within her or his community.

Making Opera accessible to the general public by maintaining affordable ticket prices, and a wide range of performance experiences suitable for diverse audiences. We are pleased to present 12 performances of concerts and operas in our 3 county service area.

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All images and video on this site represent operas produced under the artistic direction of Steffanie Pearce prior to the formation of Gulfshore Opera. Video and Photography by  Ivan Seligman.

Welcome to Gulfshore Opera

Welcome to the inaugural season of Gulfshore Opera serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties. We make opera accessible to the entire population by maintaining affordable ticket prices and a wide range of repertoire suitable for diverse audiences. Our core values are:

Family, Community, Accessibility

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Gulfshore Opera is a professional corporation with a lean business model focused on minimizing administrative overhead and delivering optimum quality artistic programs to the general public . Our expanded customer base among target audiences in three counties will increase revenue potential even while lowering ticket costs. Seasoned opera professionals guide the company vision and product, relying on the acumen of business professionals as needed.


Serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties, Gulfshore Opera promises to present the highest quality of opera theater and classical vocal music performances while maximizing accessibility for diverse audiences of all ages.


A bold new direction for our educational outreach program is underway. It will be an El Sistema inspired youth development program that uses music to enable every child to feel like an asset within her or his community.

Community Based Creative Collaboration

“Doing Well by Doing Good,” Benjamin Franklin
 Making opera accessible to the general public by maintaining affordable ticket prices and a wide range of repertoire suitable for diverse audiences. 501C3 Non Profit Status 

What People Say about us

We are grateful to you for all the pleasure you have given us and thousands more.  Please keep us posted on progress and we know that the strength of purpose and vision that has brought you successfully to this point will help you. We sincerely trust that the many people who have been keen to stand beside you in the past are stepping up to the mark now.  Please count us amongst those who will be supporting you in what you decide to do going forward.
Stephanie Schwetz and Tad Connerton
Patrons of Opera
I was encouraged by the music we created together, secure in the environment with such loving and helpful people, and most of all, inspired by your leadership, discipline, experience, and grace. You have always been one of my idols. Your teaching and guidance challenge me. There are certain people in your life that not only inspire you but kindle a desire to pursue a dream. Since the first time I saw you perform, you sparked my love for opera. Whenever I have a lesson with you, I feel more sure about my voice and my desire to perform. You have my admiration, support, and endless respect,  
Nadia Marshall
University Student of Music/Voice
In the past three years I have had the pleasure of working with Steffanie Pearce on three outstanding and highly successful Opera Naples productions, "Faust," "Tosca," and "The Barber of Seville," the later two in cooperation with Artis Naples. Ms. Pearce has always been cordial, efficient and supportive of my work. Her first-hand knowledge of the opera world gives her a deep understanding of all areas of opera production. I have greatly enjoyed being apart of her team.
Paul Nadler
Conductor of Metropolitan Opera

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*Benjamin Franklin understood that enlightened and ethical business practices produce more profit when he advised, “Do well by doing good.”  Over the history of American capitalism other entrepreneurs have prospered through application of this principle, understanding that doing Good for their people means that their business will do very well.

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