Carol Shaw, known for her work with two nonprofit organizations in Naples, will move to the arts as executive director and CEO of Opera Naples, effective Aug. 1. She will have her budgeting challenges right out of the starting gate with a recently announced four-opera season that includes Verdi’s epic “Nabucco” and Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” — done with a live circus.
Shaw replaces former executive director and CEO Thomas Smith, who is formally leaving this weekend after two years to pursue another opportunity in the Midwest.
“I love the arts. I have always loved the arts, even back when I lived in Chicago,” she said. Shaw said she has been an operagoer in Naples as well as elsewhere but had not worked in the arts before.
In the news release announcing the hiring, Gerald Goldberg, chairman of the board of Opera Naples, called Shaw “a proven not-for-profit executive with a profound knowledge of our community.”
Opera Naples will celebrate its ninth season this fall, producing an American work and three Italian operas:
■ Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium”: 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, in the Daniels Pavilion of Artis—Naples (the former Philharmonic Center for the Arts). Tickets are $60 and $75 at thephil.org.
■ Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”: 8 p.m. March 29, Hayes Hall, Artis—Naples. Tickets are $90 to $165.
■ Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci”: Feb. 21 and 22. Tickets and pricing are set for Sept. 1.
■ Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”: May 3. Tickets and pricing are set for Sept. 1.
For more information on the season, call 239-963-9050 or visit operanaples.org.