Florida Grand Opera (FGO)
The FGO was formed in June 1994 by the merger of Greater Miami Opera, founded in 1941, and The Opera Guild Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, founded in 1945. The company performs each season in both Dade and Broward counties. In Miami (Dade County) the FGO is a resident company of The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. Fort Lauderdale performances are given at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The origins of FGO are through the 1941 founding of The Greater Miami Opera by Dr. Arturo di Filippi, a voice teacher at the University of Miami. Throughout the years, the company has welcomed many internationally acclaimed artists including Robert Merrill, Dorothy Kirsten, Richard Tucker, Renata Tebaldi, Roberta Peters, Franco Corelli, Renata Scotto, Montserrat Caballe, Jon Vickers, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, Birgit Nilsson, Anna Moffo, Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Evelyn Lear, James Morris, Thomas Stewart, Diana Soviero, Justino Diaz, Simon Estes, Elizabeth Futral, Helen Donath, Deborah Voigt, and Fernando de la Mora. Luciano Pavarotti made his American debut in 1965 with the company’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Integral components of the FGO are to train emerging opera professionals and to educate young people about opera, while embracing the diverse cultural heritage in South Florida .The company supports the community through several established education programs, including the School Dress Rehearsal Program. Their Young Artist Studio program nurtures gifted young singers and helps them evolve through their training at universities and music conservatories into accomplished professional opera singers.
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