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    World-famous soprano and master teacher receives the Founder's Award 


    Fort Lauderdale, FL, DATE ---  The Opera Society, an affiliate organization of Florida Grand Opera, will honor international opera star and award-winning master teacher Diana Soviero with the Dr. Arturo di Filippi Founder's Award at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, March 19. Ms. Soviero served as Director of FGO's distinguished Young Artists' Program in the 1990s and from 2017-18. She also appeared with FGO many times, undertaking leading roles in La traviata, I pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, and many others. 


    "We are honored to have Diana as an important part of the FGO family," said FGO CEO and General Director Susan T. Danis. "Her impact on our company and the next generation of opera singers is immense. This award is indeed a fitting tribute to her amazing artistry. "  


    The program includes lunch, live harp music, and performances by FGO Studio Artist, soprano Page Michels, and Miami soprano Chelsea Bonagura, a student of Ms. Soviero. Three sculptures created and donated by Dr. Stanley Goodman will be raffled, with all proceeds benefitting Florida Grand Opera. As a highlight of the afternoon, Ms. Soviero will speak about her extraordinary life in opera. 


    One of the most recognized American opera singers of the twentieth century, Ms. Soviero appeared in leading roles at the world's most famous opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, Opéra de Paris Bastille, Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Opera Magazine called her "One of the world's greatest singing actresses." Over her forty-year career span, Ms. Soviero was particularly renowned for her interpretation of Puccini heroines such as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimì, and Musetta in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, and the title roles in Tosca, Manon Lescaut, and Suor Angelica. She is also esteemed for her work in the French repertoire, including Marquerite in Faust, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and the title role in Manon. Other critically acclaimed leading roles include Violetta in La traviata, Nedda in I pagliacci, and Margherita in Mefistofele. Her final stage appearance was as Mrs. De Rocher in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking at Baltimore Opera. Her discography includes recordings on the Analekta, Telarc, and Chandos labels. 


    In the last decade, Ms. Soviero has dedicated herself to teaching singers. In addition to her large private vocal studio in New York City, she is a member of the voice faculty at the Mannes School of Music and gives masterclasses across the country. 


    Ms. Soviero has received many accolades for her work as a master teacher. These include the VERA (Voice Education Research Award) Award from The Voice Foundation,   Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner Foundations, and the Anton Coppola Excellence in Arts Award. In November 2018, Eurostampa published a biography of her life,  entitled "Diana Soviero: the artistry and beyond," written by Professor Alina D. Zamfir. In January 2019, Opera Index, Inc. honored her at its Annual Distinguished Achievement Award Dinner.  


    "The Opera Society's members are looking forward with much anticipation to Ms. Soviero sharing memories of her distinguished life in opera," said Claire Crawford, President of the Opera Society and Chair of the Diva Luncheon. 


    The luncheon is open to all and takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11:30 am, at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale. All proceeds benefit Florida Grand Opera, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Tickets are available for $100 per person. Contact Maria Salgado at or visit for reservations. 

  • Susan T. Danis joins the stars

    Susan T. Danis joins the roster of stars on "Fred Plotkin on Fridays"

    Opera expert and broadcaster Fred Plotkin, author of the popular Operavore blog, invited Florida Grand Opera CEO and General Director Susan T. Danis to join the ranks of his star-studded galaxy of guests.  When the pandemic hit, Plotkin leveraged his connections to create an hourlong interview show on Zoom, streaming live every Friday on Idagio, YouTube, and Vimeo. 

    In the January 7, 2022 broadcast, Danis and Plotkin discuss everything from Miami traffic to noted mutual connections to FGO's adventurous 80th Anniversary Season. 

    The interview can be seen here

  • FGO Studio Artist Alumni Key'Mon Murrah Wins a Sullivan Foundation Award

    2020-2021 Studio Artist, countertenor Key’Mon Murrah,has won a prestigious Sullivan Foundation Award. 

  • Florida Grand Opera joins the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce


    On September 15, 2021, FGO proudly joined the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

    In the photo (left to right), Victor Kendall, FGO Chief Advancement Officer. Susan T. Danis, FGO General Director, and CEO. Melissa Milroy, Chair Elect of the Chamber. Stephanie Zeverino, Chair of the Trustees ,Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.


  • Road to Reopening: FGO CEO Susan T. Danis on Post-Pandemic Plans
    Road To Reopening: Florida Grand Opera CEO Susan T. Danis On Post-Pandemic Plans

    Road To Reopening: Florida Grand Opera CEO Susan T. Danis On Post-Pandemic Plans

    The Opera's main stage season begins in January 2022.

    by Alan Henry Sep. 3, 2021  for

    BroadwayWorld is checking in with theaters around the country as they prepare to reopen this summer. Next in our series we check in with Florida Grand Opera's General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis.


  • FGO Announces 80th Anniversary Season
    Florida Grand Opera Announces 80th Anniversary Season

    Florida Grand Opera Announces 80th Anniversary Season


    The season will open in January 2022 with A Streetcar Named Desire.
    by Stephi Wild Jul. 20, 2021 for 


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