Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis

Now celebrating it’s fifth season, Gulfshore Opera has established its place in the lifestyle of Southwest Florida residents from Port Charlotte to Marco Island. As a non-profit performing arts organization with a very active social initiative for at risk youth, GO places great importance on their annual Opera Gala and has earned a reputation for hosting one of the best fund raisers in the area.

The Fifth Anniversary Opera Meets Broadway Gala will feature current Broadway icon, Norm Lewis, star of Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, who portrayed Caiaphas in the NBC live televised concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar April 1, Easter Sunday. In addition to his singing roles, Lewis joined the cast of ABC political thriller Scandal in 2012 portraying Senator Edison Davis. A performer of breathtaking range and power, the many facets of his artistry will shine in this concert of favorite baritone solos from his leading roles plus some standard popular songs from his solo album, “This is the Life”. Mr. Lewis will be accompanied by a jazz trio lead by Stu Sheldon. The first half of the program will feature Gulfshore Opera’s Professional Artists in Residence performing famous opera solos and ensembles.

General Director, Steffanie Pearce explains, “In choosing a famous headliner for our gala, I look first and foremost for beauty and expressiveness of the voice. Mr. Lewis has a velvet toned baritone which moves easily from an operatically supported “Some Enchanted Evening” type classic to an amazing array of styles- jazz, pop, gospel and you name it. He is truly master of his instrument!”

The Opera Meets Broadway concert will be held in the sanctuary of Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples on March 2 at 3 p.m. The concert is followed by a Gala dinner in the nearby ball room of the Naples Hilton. Concert only ticket prices range from $28 (sponsored) to $75 for preferred seats and $250 for the gala package which includes premium seats and gala dinner. Last year’s Phantom Gala sold out a week in advance so you will want to reserve your seats well ahead of time.