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Florida Grand Opera Opens its 69th Season
December 13, 2009, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera kicked off its 69th season on November 14th with the exciting double bill of Pagliacci and Suor Angelica. Opera lovers  packed the house to witness the return of FGO favorite Kelly Kaduce, singing the lead in both operas. Marking her 6th appearance in Miami,  Kaduce was also seen on the Ziff Ballet Opera House stage in 2007 in the title role for the world premiere of Anna Karenina.


Jay Hunter Morris & Kelly Kaduce in FGO's Pagliacci. Photo by Gaston De Cardenas.


Anniversaries and debuts also mark FGO’s new season. Robert M. Heuer celebrates his 25th season as General Director & CEO, and only the 3rd director in the company’s history. Victor H. Mendelson begins his first season as President of the Board of Directors, though his family is no stranger to FGO: He represents the fourth generation in his family to support the company. Jane A. Robinson enters her first season as Chairman of the Board of Directors, following five years as president.


Kelly Kaduce & Mzia Nioradze in FGO Suor Angelica. Photo by Gaston De Cardenas.

Three new key management positions were filled this past summer, all poised to make their first season a spectacular one: Brendan Glynn is the new Director of Marketing, following a successful tenure as the marketing chief at the Broward Center; with previous posts at the Metropolitan Opera and LA Opera, Peter Somogyi is now the new Director of Artistic Administration; Lisa Bury,  with a career highlighted by 10 years at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is the new Director of Development..

The 2009-2010 Season also opened on a bittersweet note. Long-time Miami arts philanthropist and champion, Don Carlin, passed away on November 11th. Carlin gave generously to Florida Grand Opera for many years, and his support was instrumental in the building of the Adrienne Arsht Center. The November 14th performance was dedicated to his memory.


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