SUSAN T. 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 companyís 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 companyís 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 Hartfordís 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 Levyís Mourning Becomes Electra and Giuseppe Verdiís Nabucco along with more intimate productions such as Andy Voresís No Exit during the 2013-14 Season.
Under Susan's leadership, Florida Grand Opera is celebrating its 78th year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2018-19 Season. The mainstage operas of the season include: Giacomo Pucciniís La bohŤme, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartís The Marriage of Figaro, Robert Xavier Rodriguezís Frida, and Jules MassenetísWerther.