Florida Grand Opera's Mainstage Season
Florida Grand Opera is committed to serving as a cultural leader in the South Florida community by producing a full season of mainstage performances in Miami-Dade County, offering educational outreach programming for youth and their families, and training the next generation of young artists. Currently, FGO presents a mainstage season of four opera productions with five performances of each in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.
For 75 years, FGO has staged world-class operas attracting residents and visitors from every corner of South Florida. With a commitment to drawing in new patrons and challenging opera lovers, FGO's extensive repertoire represents over 45 composers and spans 400 years of operatic work. The company has staged traditional works, reinterpreted classics, commissioned new operas, and most recently began introducing contemporary work.
Young Artist Program
Founded in 1984, FGO's Young Artist Program has gained worldwide recognition as one of the leading operatic training programs in the United States. The Young Artists Program is a highly competitive residency program that begins in October and runs through May. FGO accepts 8-12 talented artists, ages 23-32, from over 600 applicants each year through auditions held in Miami and New York.
The Young Artists Program is designed for artists who have completed advanced degrees from the top music schools in the country, and have often participated in other year-long residency programs or summer apprenticeship. Many of them have already won prestigious awards and are on their way to significant careers. Additionally, Young Artists represent FGO in the community, performing and participating in many outreach and education programs throughout South Florida.
FGO Education and Outreach Programs
FGO's Education Department aims to be an integral part of arts education in South Florida through a commitment to educating young people about the opera art form and creating programs that are curriculum based and intent on collaboration with schools and communities. The company's education and community initiatives for young people and adults encompass the culturally diverse population of South Florida and every year introduces them to the operatic art form through interactive, educational, and entertaining activities. These include in-school residencies and performances, student dress rehearsals, lectures, teacher workshops, pre-concert talks, community performances, events, and seminars.
FGO's educational programming is designed to not only bring students and families to the opera, but also to reach out beyond the opera houses to serve all demographics regardless of economic or social status.
"Made for Miami" Series
FGO has long sought ways to complement its mainstage work with programs that extend beyond the walls of the opera house by seeking new opportunities for community engagement and collaboration. FGO's "Made for Miami" Series is designed to produce one opera each season that is both relevant to and representative of the South Florida community.
Through a series of "Community Conversations" that accompany each seasons production, FGO is able to further dive into the themes of the opera through free special events that further highlight the relevance of the piece to the community. This allows FGO to engage the public and bring them into the world of opera through the music, plot, characters, voices, and resonating content of the story. Through this myriad of education and outreach programs connecting the opera to the South Florida community, FGO can bring the collaborative art form to the public, develop new audiences, and enhance the experience of an encounter with the art form.
"Song Fest Miami" Series
FGO’s Young Artists act as ambassadors of the company and the operatic art form. Throughout the season, YA’s participate in free performances at museums, bookstores, and public spaces, presenting individuals of all ages the opportunity to experience opera. During the 2015-16 season, FGO’s YA Program began a new series in a longstanding partnership with the Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables. Song Fest Miami is a series of recitals, open and free to the public, performed by members of FGO’s Young Artist Program featuring a variety of classical singing styles. This recital series is a chance for opera and music lovers alike to get to experience a vast array of vocal music from a wide range of sources.