Opera Naples has produced some of the most beloved operas and earned significant praise from both critics and patrons. In addition to being a professional opera company, Opera Naples is also fundamentally a community-based, non-profit arts organization rooted in volunteerism, education, and audience engagement. Opera Naples' long-term strategic plan is rooted in the purchase of a site on Linwood Avenue in the Collier County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Arts and Cultural District that will serve as ON's new headquarters. The transformative gift of David and Cecile Wang ($500,000) in December 2012 will enable Opera Naples to complete the renovation of this property and enter a next phase of expansion. The project – fittingly named The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center – will broaden the scope of ON's existing programs and initiate new after school and weekend programs when it opens in Fall 2014.