Florida Grand Opera is an historically significant producer of opera. The oldest performing arts organization in Florida and the seventh oldest opera company in the United States, it was founded in 1941 by Arturo Di Filippi as Greater Miami Opera, which merged with The Opera Guild Inc. of Fort Lauderdale in 1994 to become Florida Grand Opera.
It was nicknamed “The Met South” by the many distinguished artists who graced its stage. One of those distinguished artists was Luciano Pavarotti, who made his U.S. debut here in 1965. It continues to present internationally-acclaimed stars and fast-rising artists.
We relish producing masterpieces of grand opera, and we delight in discovering innovative contemporary works, and even commissioning world premiere operatic projects.
The Florida Grand Opera Studio program offers emerging artists the opportunity to perform principal and comprimario roles alongside FGO’s roster of acclaimed directors, conductors, and musicians. They also give concerts and a touring children’s opera throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The Studio also offers a wide variety of educational and outreach programs, including dress rehearsal visits for schoolchildren.
Florida Grand Opera is a resident company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. Fort Lauderdale performances are held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Au Rene Theater. Concerts are performed in various locations in Broward County and Miami-Dade County. FGO’s ZIP CODE Tour brings the best of opera and other great music to non-traditional venues throughout South Florida.