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  Susan Danis  


General Director and CEO

Susan Danis comes to FGO with more than 20 years of arts administration, having most recently served as Executive Director of Sarasota Opera for the past 14 years. During her tenure in Sarasota, the company’s operating budget more than doubled, growing from $3.2 million to over $8 million. Beating fundraising goals at every turn, Danis increased individual giving by more than 200% in a seven-year period and raised more than $47 million for a capital campaign, part of which funded the $20 million renovation of the company’s historic theater.

Following the restructuring of the Board of Directors to best suit the company’s needs, Danis worked to help establish a unique artistic vision for Sarasota Opera. This included the start of an American Classics Series, presenting great American 20th-century works together with an innovative educational program to engage the community. She was also instrumental in the ongoing commissioning of new works for the Sarasota Youth Opera Program and ensuring the completion of the company’s Verdi Cycle, making it the only company in the world to have staged every note written by the great composer.

A proven leader in the opera community, Danis recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of OPERA America, three of which she served as treasurer. She served as an emeritus board member of the Sarasota Music Archive, a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League, a past board member of the Sarasota County Arts Council and the New Gate School of Sarasota.

Danis holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in International Marketing, from the University of Hartford’s Paris Program, where she learned French, and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.


  Maestro Ramon Tebar  


Music Director

Maestro Ramón Tebar was appointed Music Director of Florida Grand Opera on June 1, 2011, becoming the first Spanish conductor to simultaneously lead an American opera company and an American symphony. As such, he provides an artistic vision, watching over the musical integrity and performance level of the orchestra, chorus and singers while working with General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis on artistic planning.

Prior to his appointment, he conducted two widely successful productions with Florida Grand Opera in 2010 - Lucia di Lammermoor and later Turandot, which earned him FGO’s 2010 Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award. That same year, he was appointed Music Director for Palm Beach Symphony, a title which he still holds today. Working with the Palm Beach Opera since 2005 and Cincinnati Opera since 2008, he has participated in more than 30 productions and conducted Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and L’Italiana in Algeri. This year, Maestro Tebar will conduct Puccini’s La rondine for FGO and then lead a new production of Daniel Catán’s opera Florencia en el Amazonas for Denver’s Opera Colorado.

In addition to his resident work, Maestro Tebar has an active touring schedule that has lead him to conduct in some of the most prestigious theaters around the world, from Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes to Teatro Regio di Torino in Italy, as well as worked with renowned voices, including Montserrat Caballe, Renata Scotto, Mariella Devia, Teresa Berganza and Ben Heppner.




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