Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera is an American opera company based in Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

. FGO was created in 1994 from the consolidation of two opera companies in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region:
  • Opera Guild of Greater Miami, originally founded in 1941 by Arturo di Filippi
  • Opera Guild, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, originally formed in 1945

FGO stages productions at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, located in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, commonly called The Arsht Center, is Florida's largest performing arts center and is located on Biscayne Boulevard in the Omni neighborhood of Downtown, Miami, Florida, United States...

 in Miami, and also at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. From 1951 until 2006, the company's home theater was the Dade County
Dade County
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 Auditorium in Miami.

FGO's current General Director is Robert Heuer, who joined FGO as Director of Production in 1979 and became General Director in 1985. He is scheduled to retire from FGO after the 2012-2013 season. Stewart Robertson
Stewart Robertson
Stewart Robertson is a Scottish conductor. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Bristol University...

 was FGO music director from 1997 to 2010. Ramon Tebar was named FGO's next music director in March 2011, and formally assumed the post on 1 June 2011. Andrew Bisantz currently serves as FGO's Resident Conductor, and John Keene is FGO's chorus director.

FGO's work in contemporary opera has included the world premieres of these operas:
  • Robert Ward, Minutes Till Midnight (1982)
  • Robert Ashley, Balseros (1997)
  • David Carlson, Anna Karenina (2007)

FGO has also staged the US premieres of Rossini's Bianca e Falliero and the final revised version of Alberto Franchetti's Cristoforo Colombo.

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