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 previously served as Executive Director of Sarasota Opera for 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 embarks on her eighth season with Florida Grand Opera with a continued focus on bringing a new artistic vision with provocative repertoire that resonates with the diverse communities across South Florida in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. 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, Mieczysław Weinberg's The Passenger, Jorge Martin's Before Night Falls, Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and Robert Xavier Rodrguez’s Frida.
Under Susan's leadership, Florida Grand Opera is celebrating its 79th year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2019-20 Season. The mainstage operas of the season include: Mozart's Don Giovanni, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Cimerosa's Il matrtimonio segreto, and Verdi's Rigoletto.
Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is a resident company of the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, and Premiere Partner at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. FGO also stages productions at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami.