Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Opera Naples Lights up the Sky on the 4th of July!

It doesn't get better than celebrating the 4th of July with Opera Naples!
    People started gathering on the beach by the Naples Pier with umbrellas and canopies mid afternoon. There was only a light crowd of people at first, as it had rained earlier in the day. Sailboats coasted by, and boaters started gathering offshore on the flat Gulf of Mexico waters.
    Opera Naples held a down-home party in a beautiful new tropically-accented  four story home next to the pier with broad lanais overlooking the beach-you can't beat that for a fireworks viewpoint. (The house's for sale, too!).

Children and adults met other musicians, singers and music lovers, and dined on mini hotdogs, guacamole and crab dip, shrimp, and continued with healthy mini burgers.


    Talented singers Rebecca Richardson, Jazz Singer,  and  Melissa Vitrella, Opera Naples Artist-in-Residence, joined Robin Shuford Frank, Opera Naples Pianist/Chorus Master for rousing renditions of patriotic favorites. Guests sang along and and applauded!
    Fireworks started at 9:30 pm on a rain-free lovely setting, with a flotilla of boats anchored parallel to the shore, whose red, white and green lights glittered like fireflies across the water.
I set my camera to 1/40 and f11 to f16, and fired away, hand held. It's hard to miss when one is in the catbird seat, right by the Naples Pier launch site! Next year, it's a tripod with Bulb setting.





Afterwards, we snacked on great mini cupcakes-each a two bite baking marvel fit for an Aria!



Sign up for Opera Naples 2012-2013 season, starting with Tosca on December 20, 22, at the Naples Philharmonic, followed by Nathan Gunn on Feb 8th, then A Midsummers Night's Dream on Feb 23 and 24th, with the 2013 season capped by Felix Mendelsohn's Elijah.
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