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  Susan Danis  


General Director and CEO

Susan T. Danis is the General Director and CEO for the Florida Grand Opera. Danis comes to FGO with more than 25 years of arts administration, having most recently served as Executive Director of Sarasota Opera for the past 12 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.

A proven leader in the opera community, Danis completed a six year term as a member of the Board of Trustees of OPERA America, three of which she served as treasurer. Danis holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in International Marketing, from the University of Hartford’s Paris Program, and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

Danis embarked on her third season with Florida Grand Opera with a continued focus on bringing a new artistic vision with provocative repertoire that resonates with the diverse communities in South Florida. This vision has helped to bring a new level of national and international recognition to Florida Grand Opera starting with the critically acclaimed production of Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra and Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco along with more intimate productions such as Andy Vores’s No Exit during the 2013-14 Season.

Under Susan's leadership, Florida Grand Opera is celebrating its 75th year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2015-16 Season. The mainstage operas of the season include: Giochino Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger, and Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale.


  Maestro Ramon Tebar  


Principal Conductor

Maestro Ramón Tebar has successfully served as Music Director of Florida Grand Opera (FGO) since 2011, following his acclaimed debut in 2010. A dynamic young conductor whose articulate command of the opera and orchestral stages has resulted in increased commitments both nationally and abroad, Tebar has renewed his contract for an additional two seasons, and will continue to lead FGO productions through the 2015-16 season as Principal Conductor.

Born in Valencia, Spain, Maestro Tebar has the distinction of being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company, the FGO. Artistic Director of the Palm Beach Symphony since 2010, this past January 2014 Tebar was appointed Music Director of the Dominican Republic’s biannual Festival Musical de Santo Domingo, and in May 2014 was appointed Artistic Director of Florida’s Opera Naples.

Tebar's guesting credits include distinguished organizations worldwide, among them Italy's Teatro Regio di Torino, Germany's Kolner Philharmonie, Netherlands's Het Concertgebouw, Spain’s Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Oviedo, France’s Orchestra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, and Russia’s St. Petersburg Symphony. Amongst the acclaimed artists with whom he has worked are Roberto Alagna, Joshua Bell, Joseph Calleja, Gautier Capucon, Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Maria Guleghina, Ben Heppner and Renata Scotto.

Since 2005, Ramón Tebar has been part of the musical staff of Palm Beach Opera and Cincinnati Opera, working in around 40 opera productions, while maintaining a full schedule in Europe. Maestro Tebar has been honored twice with FGO’s Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award (2010, 2013).




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