SONGFEST FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE: DISCOVER OPERA ORIGIN STORIES!

If you haven’t yet attended one of FGO’s SongFests, it’s time to remedy that! Lasting between 75-90 minutes, SongFest isn’t your grandma’s park-and-bark formal concert. The Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists present a fully staged concert of carefully curated favorites and surprises, all based on a unique theme. It makes for a great introduction to…

MIAMI HERALD EXCLUSIVE: BLACK ARTISTS LIMMIE PULLIAM AND KEARSTIN PIPER BROWN DELIVER UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES, STIRRING AUDIENCES TO EMOTION

On the front page of the February 4, 2024 Miami Herald, an important and moving article highlighting two leading artists and Florida Grand Opera was published. Linda Robertson and Carl Juste‘s article, “Their voices made me cry.’ How two Black singers are breaking barriers at Miami opera,” explores the space that tenor Limmie Pulliam and…

“I’m there for everything that happens with movement”: a conversation with Rosa Mercedes

If you’ve seen a Florida Grand Opera production in the past thirty years, you’ve experienced the work of choreographer Rosa Mercedes. Opera and ballet enjoy a longstanding romance, with many works featuring intricate ballets, and Mercedes has been the artist behind FGO’s dance sequences since 1992. Most recently, audiences raved over her work in our…

Violetta’s triumph: a conversation with La traviata stage director Chía Patiño

“I am completely in love with the courtesans,” declares Ecuadoran stage director and composer Chía Patiño. “They are so aware of who they are.” Patiño, who directed her first professional production of La traviata (her first was for Indiana University) at Florida Grand Opera this season, was well-prepared. She recently traveled to Paris, where she…

The man who dated Violetta

  Alexandre Dumas the younger (or fils, as the French say — it means “son”) had a lot to live up to.   His dad, after all, was the guy who wrote swashbuckling bestsellers like The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo and founded Paris’ Théâtre Historique. His grandfather was a Creole brigadier general in the French army,…