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9:56 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Florida Grand Opera Ain't Over 'Till The Community Speaks

A 2010 Grand Florida Opera performance of “The Barber of Seville”.
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The Florida Grand Opera is trying to stay afloat after years of decline. It hosted a series of town hall meetings this past weekend to reach out to the community for help.   

Since 2006, the opera has spent $19.4 million more than it has taken in. 

Susan Danis, general director of FGO, has been working for two years to implement a new strategy for the company.

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Interview
3:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The "Eyes" Have It In Florida Grand Opera's "Thais"

Early Christian asceticism and pagan decadence go head to head in Barbe and Doucet's staging of Massenet's 'Thais'
Credit Jeffrey Dunn

The names Barbe and Doucet might not be as widely known as Wagner, Puccini or Verdi -- but their influence is felt in opera houses worldwide.

French director Renaud Doucet and Canadian set and costume designer André Barbe are partners in life as well as work.  And this month, they're bringing their combined talents back to the Florida Grand Opera for Jules Massenet's "Thais."

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Operatic Moonlighters
2:41 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Secret Lives Of Local Opera Singers

Here is Martin Nusspaumer as Ismaele in Nabucco for Florida Grand Opera in January.
Credit Courtesy of Martin Nusspaumer.

When you see someone singing onstage at the Florida Grand Opera or the Adrienne Arsht Center, do you think about what goes on behind the scenes -- not just the costumes or the sets, but in the singers' lives?

Believe it or not, some of South Florida's opera singers work in electrical and mechanical engineering, accounting, education and law enforcement during the day.

The Engineers

Husband and wife Martin Nusspaumer and Maria Antunez worked as engineers in their native Uruguay.

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Arts
6:14 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Florida Grand Opera Courts Hipsters In South Beach Bar

'Hell is other people.' Singers with the Florida Grand Opera rehearse 'No Exit,' an opera based on Jean-Paul Sartre's existential masterpiece.
Credit Florida Grand Opera

Leave your tuxedo, evening gown and lorgnette at home and come as you are.

That’s the message from Florida Grand Opera, the Sunshine State’s oldest arts organization.

“It really is an entertainment for all people, not just folks dripping in diamonds,” says Florida Grand Opera director Susan Danis. 

This is Danis’ first full season as the opera company’s CEO. And she’s working hard to disabuse people of the notion that opera is all about zaftig women with braided hair and horn helmets caterwauling onstage.

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Arts Season
3:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Little Opera That Could: “Mourning Becomes Electra”

The Florida Grand Opera is only one of a handful of companies to perform "Mourning Becomes Electra."
Credit Justin Namon/Florida Grand Opera

    

Even if you’re an opera fanatic, there’s a fair chance you haven’t seen "Mourning Becomes Electra." The opera, written by Broward-based composer Martin David Levy, has only been performed by four companies since its debut in the late ‘60s and never before in the Southeastern U.S.

It’s even difficult to find music samples on YouTube.

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Arts Season
6:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Symphonies To Sopranos: What To See, Hear In Classical Music

American Violinist Joshua Bell performs in both Miami and West Palm in March.
Credit Courtesy of the Adrienne Arsht Center

Between South Florida’s companies and performing arts centers, the classical music calendar can fill up fast.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

TransAtlantic Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Esperanza Spalding and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Rhythm Foundation
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04/05/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, music producer extraordinaire, Laura Quinlan, of The Rhythm Foundation, tells us about the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival bringing world music to Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell and the Wynwood art district.

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Arts
11:01 am
Wed February 20, 2013

'The Magic Flute' At The Broward Center: A Complete Beginner's Guide

Andrew Bidlack as Tamino in the Florida Grand Opera's production of 'The Magic Flute'
Credit Gaston de Cardenas

For opera newbies, there's a lot that's surprising about the Florida Grand Opera's production of The Magic Flute, which arrives this week at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Director Jeffrey Buchman's conception of the 1791 Mozart work turns the whole thing into a trippy pop-culture anachronism, with costumes, scenery, and a little stage patter that's somewhere between the rockabilly '50s and all-out fantasy-land.

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The Opera Wants You
7:30 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Extras! Extras! Palm Beach Opera Seeking (Silent) Players

Credit Palm Beach Opera

Ever wanted to be on the operatic stage?

Now’s your chance – and you don’t even have to carry a tune or know a Gotterdamerung thing about opera.

Palm Beach Opera is expanding its talent pool of supernumeraries (non-singing extras) for its 2013 Season.

The “supers,” as they’re called, perform as guards, maidservants, townsfolk, water sprites, matadors, etcetera, according to the needs of the production.

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Florida Grand Opera
11:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Conducting Enhanced Moving 'La Bohème'

La Bohème At The Arsht: Tenor Arturo Chacóno-Cruz and soprano Aylin Pérez.
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WLRN contributor Celeste Fraser Delgado loved Florida Grand Opera's La Bohème with its moving performance by soprano Aylin Pérez in the title role.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Florida Grand Opera, Rising Tide, St. Martha Concerts, and Tobacco Road's 100th anniversary

Cast of FGO La bohème.
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11/09/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, classical arts contributor, Charles Greenfield, previews a new season of the Florida Grand Opera with Justin Moss.  Film maker Andrew Hevia describes his new documentary, Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists, which premieres on WLRN, Channel 17 next Wednesday at 8:00pm.

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