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$25-$30 million Naples theater would boast Pavarotti name, 900 seats, lush garden

Charles Runnells | Naples Daily News

If all goes well, a new $25 million – $30 million performing-arts center could open within two years in Naples. The 900-seat Theater in the Garden would be the second-biggest venue in Collier County, after Artis-Naples.

Organizers announced the proposed venue Friday.

“This project is born out of the proven need for another venue to perform in Collier County,” said Livio Ferrari, director of Theater in the Garden Inc., a not-for-profit corporation.

Pavarotti’s famous husband, who died in 2007, never visited Naples, she said. But his American opera career started nearby on Florida’s east coast.

“The door to his American career was opened by Florida, when he performed in 1965 in Miami,” Nicoletta Pavarotti said. “So when Livio came to us with this idea, we found it fascinating.

“We were looking for a special place where art and opera were in the hearts of people … a place where we can grow together in the name of Luciano … a place where we can even work on the future of opera.”

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