Florida Grand Opera (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. Celebrating its 73 rd year of continuous performances during the 2013-14 season, FGO stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. In addition to producing standard repertoire, FGO also presents lesser-known operas, as well as commissions and produces new operas. Annually, main stage performances are attended by nearly 60,000 people and education programs serve over 20,000 students. A strong community outreach is also served through the engagement of the company’s internationally recognized Young Artist Program.
MISSION: Florida Grand Opera aims to be a driving force of cultural growth in South Florida through the presentation of the most comprehensive art form in the world – grand opera. Miami-Dade and Broward counties are home to international cities that deserve a great opera company presenting exciting productions with world class singers and thought-provoking repertoire that speaks to their many diverse communities. This is the vision for the future of Florida Grand Opera. The company’s reach stands on four main pillars: artistic integrity, talent development, educational outreach, and technological innovation. Our artistic integrity hinges on offering a mixed operatic selection of classics, as well as contemporary or new works, a monument to the diversity of the community that contributes to the development of the art form as a whole. FGO also aspires to foster young, promising talents through the Young Artist Program, contributing to a solid future for the tradition of opera. Our educational programs focus on opening young audiences to the wonders of classical music through activities that range from in-classroom activities to full-scale performances. Staying at the forefront of technology and social media trends, FGO employs innovative techniques to create a deeper level of engagement with current audiences and to draw new ones.