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Keith Douglas

In Broward County, it looks like a matter of “no dollars, no divas.”

South Florida’s premiere opera company says lack of funds might soon bring down the curtain on its Fort Lauderdale performances. 

12/12/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and Executive Director, Naomi Wilzig, talks about W.E.A.M, Miami Beach’s most engaging and adult museum and its upcoming exhibitions. General Director, Susan Danis, voices her support for the Florida Grand Opera and shares her excitement about their future presentations.

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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.

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."

The Secret Lives Of Local Opera Singers

May 1, 2014
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.

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

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03/28/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Florida Grand Opera’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca opens this weekend at the Arsht. FGO’s spokesman, Justin Moss, previews the exciting event with Charles Greenfield. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art opens April 2nd at FIU’s Frost Art Museum. Judith Bishop speaks with Carmen Ramos, the exhibition’s curator. Dan Hudak previews the 19th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival with festival president, Randi Emerman. Chef Norman Van Aken delivers A Word On Food and our Broward arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky. Catch the conversation and information every Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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

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Jul 26, 2013
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Florida Grand Opera Begins New Season

The Florida Grand Opera will begin its 2013-2014 season with a tribute to soprano singer Deborah Voigt October 26.

Voigt will not sing but young artists from the opera will be performing at the DuPont Building in Miami. Blogger Lawrence Johnson has more at South Florida Classical Review.

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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."

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