Palm Beach Opera Restrep

Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up. 

"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution. 

All arts organizations strive not only to bring in a younger audience, but to keep their work fresh and relevant year after year.  Caroline Breder-Watts spoke with Daniel Biaggi, General Director of Palm Beach Opera, to discover how he meets these challenges.  For more information about Palm Beach Opera, visit  To hear the complete interview, visit

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Incest. Psychosis. Sexual taboo. Murder. A make-out session involving a severed head. Salome isn't the typical night at the opera. Likewise, the production at Palm Beach Opera this weekend is something of a departure for the South Florida cultural institution. 

"For us, German repertoire is not so often done," said Scott Guzielek, Palm Beach Opera director of artistic operations. "It's a great way for our audience to be exposed to a different style of music."