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Beginnings….The Opera Society

by Admin on May 19, 2020

Before the Opera Society was an affiliate of Florida Grand Opera, it was an affiliate of The Opera Guild, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale.

Organized by a committee of six, the Opera Society was founded in 1978 with Louise A. Miller as the first President.

Marion Gamble was a member of that organizing committee and she became President in 1985. The affiliate reported to the Opera Guild and became the fundraising arm of the Guild.

It was when Marion was President that the membership of the organization soared to 600 members and published the Opera Society Cookbook, Libretto.

Another affiliate, Junior Opera Guild was formed around the same time to promote education and interest in opera to younger Opera enthusiasts.

This is how I personally came to the Opera as a new resident of Fort Lauderdale.

Through the years I came to know some of the most influential people in Fort Lauderdale as a member of several arts organizations and as a past president of the Opera Society.

The Opera Guild of Fort Lauderdale and the Opera Guild of Greater Miami merged in 1994 to form Florida Grand Opera.

When you look at the long list of past presidents of the Opera Society, many still active members today and many established Life membership in order to keep in touch even though they have relocated elsewhere.

Marion Gamble lives today in Pacific Grove, California. She is the widow of Clinton Gamble who was one of the architects of the War Memorial Auditorium in Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale.

Here are just a few notes on the beginnings of the Opera Society. It is my intention to interview the past presidents and feature their personal memories of this wonderful organization now in its forty second year. Stay tuned!

Melanie Camp



Concert and Luncheon Aboard Holland America

by President on January 23, 2020

The Showroom at Sea, Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America

Come to Port Everglades to enjoy a concert by our Studio Artists and champagne in the Showroom of the Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam. Followed by a delicious luncheon in the Manhattan Dining Room.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
Check in: 10:30am – 11:15am; No boarding after 11:15!

VIP tickets include champagne at the luncheon table and a ship tour!
$85/person, VIP tickets $120/person.

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2020 Concert and Luncheon Aboard Nieuw Amsterdam

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Mad Hatter’s Tea 2020

by President on January 8, 2020

Please join us for one of our most favorite events! Enjoy scrumptious tea treats and a parade of hats! Be glamorous, creative, vintage or gentleman’s choice and enter our hat competition! Men are welcome too!

$75 pp

We hope to see you at our Mad Hatter’s Tea on

Date: Tuesday February 4th, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale Country Club

Prosecco, Reception and Pianist

Featuring our hat competition in categories such as:
Glamorous, Creative, Vintage, Gentleman’s Choice

Mad Hatter's Tea 2020

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Member Mixer 2020!

by President on December 30, 2019

Please join us for a Member Mixer at

Rosie’s Bar and Grill
2449 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
5 -7 PM
One drink and one appetizer (from choice of 3)
Free Valet parking

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$20 per person.

January 2020 Member Mixer

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Holiday Party Registration

by Admin on November 20, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019 
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Coral Ridge Country Club
Please reply by December 1, 2019
2019 Holiday Party Registration

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Register for the 2019-2020 Lyrical Luncheons

by President on October 7, 2019

Please register and pay for the Lyrical luncheons here. $65 per event, $20 discount when buying all 3 ($175)!

Featuring an opera expert and FGO Studio Artists.

2019-2020 Lyrical Luncheon Registration

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President’s Message for 2019 – 2020 Season

by President on October 6, 2019

President Jan Solomon

Welcome to all new members and faithful members! I am honored to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 opera season. I have had the pleasure of volunteering for Florida Grand Opera since 1991, and look forward to a year of beautiful opera, meeting new friends, and strengthening The Opera Society and Florida Grand Opera.

Art enriches the human spirit, emboldens imagination, and enhances our lives. We are privileged to support Florida Grand Opera in its commitment to provide world class opera, present outreach programs for our community, and introduce children to opera.

Without you, we would not have experienced great success for 42 years in The Opera Society. Bravo! Last year we raised over $60,000 in support of Florida Grand Opera and our educational programs. A special thank you to our Board of Directors, our Officers, and our Event Chairs who make our events successful.

We start by welcoming you to our Fall Membership Luncheon on October 22nd. Our Lyrical Luncheon Series will begin November 14th and run through April, previewing each opera with a special guest speaker and performances by the Studio Artists of FGO. We are adding a new event this year, an elegant Holiday Party on Sunday, December 8th. Our Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Series will delight your senses from September to April. A very special luncheon event will be held aboard Holland America’s Nieu Amsterdam on Saturday, March 14th. We will wrap up our season on Wednesday, May 6th with our Spring Installation Luncheon. Please save the dates!

Volunteer opportunities abound: assisting with our In-School Opera program, attending and bringing guests to Member Mixers, serving on the welcome committee of our exciting events, helping with our mailing and phone committees, sponsoring our events, and many more. Please let us know how you would like to participate.

Florida Grand Opera is producing a magnificent season this year! Please purchase your tickets early for the best seating. Mainstage operas include: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto.

I look forward to sharing the beauty and passion of opera with you, and the friendships of The Opera Society.

With warm regards,

Jan Solomon


Register for the Fall 2019 Membership Luncheon

by President on October 5, 2019

Please register and pay for the Membership luncheon here. $50/person.

October 22, 2019 11:30am

Featuring FGO Studio Artists

Fall 2019 Membership Luncheon

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Save for the dates for 2019-2020!

by President on September 30, 2019

Dear Members,

Announcing our exciting 2019-2020 season events – please SAVE THE DATES!!

You will be receiving invitations, flyers, mail, and emails with more details as we go through the season. Please mark these dates in your calendar.

You are welcome to email our President, Jan Solomon at [email protected] for more information.

Tuesday, October 22nd at 11:30am – Our Fall Membership Luncheon at the lovely home of Barbara Copanos. Don’t miss the Studio Artists, lunch and a preview of the upcoming Florida Grand Opera season. Welcome Back!!

Sunday December 8, 2019 at 4:30pm – A Holiday Party with concert by the Studio Artists, Sing-a-long, Dinner and Dancing at Coral Ridge Country Club.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 11:30am –  Lyrical Luncheon – Preview of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with FGO Studio Artists performing arias and duets from the opera. Lunch to follow. Coral Ridge Yacht Club.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:30am – Lyrical Luncheon – Preview of Puccini’s masterpiece Madama Butterfly. FGO Studio Artists will perform Arias and Duets from the Opera. Lunch to follow. Coral Ridge Yacht Club.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 11:30am – Lyrical Luncheon – Preview of Verdi’s Rigoletto. FGO Studio Artists will perform Arias and Duets from the Opera. Lunch to follow. Coral Ridge Yacht Club.

Saturday March 14, 2020, 10-2pm. Luncheon and performances aboard Holland America Lines Nieu Amsterdam @ Port Everglades. Open to members and prospective new members. Wednesday, May 6 at 11:30am – Spring Installation Luncheon at Coral Ridge Country Club.

Songfests – FGO performances by Studio Artists, Artserve, Sunrise Blvd., Ft Lauderdale. Friday Nov 1, 2019 and Friday February 7, 2020 @ 7 pm. Open to the public.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Specialty Dinners in private homes. Contact Melanie Camp for information at [email protected]

2019-2020 FGO Opera Season:

Don Giovanni by Mozart – the story of the Greatest Lover of all time, Don Juan. [email protected] Arsht Center- November [email protected], November 19 & 21 @8pm; Ft Lauderdale @ Broward Center- 12/5 &12/7 @ 7:30 pm

Madama Butterfly by Puccini – one of the most famous and best loved Operas of all time. Miami @ Arsht Center – 1/18/20 @ 6pm, 1/21 & 1/23 @8pm, 1/26 @ 2 pm; Ft Lauderdale @ Broward Center – 1/30/20 @ 2/[email protected] 7:30 pm.

Rigoletto by Verdi – one of Verdi’s masterpieces. Miami @ Arsht Center – 3/28/20 @ 7pm, 3/31 & 4/2 @ 7:30pm,  4/5 @ 2pm; Ft Lauderdale @ Broward Center – 4/30/20 @7:30pm, 5/2 @ 7:30 pm.

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Spring Installation Luncheon

by President on April 18, 2019

May 1, 11:30am
Coral Ridge Country Club, 3801 Bayview Dr., Fort Lauderdale
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The Installation of our Officers


President – Jan Solomon

Vice Presidents
  • Ways and Means – Claire Crawford
  • Membership – Karen Mathieson and Helena Caplan
  • Public Relations – Barry Rabinowitz

Corresponding Secretary – Linda Balent
Recording Secretary – Isobel Sturgeon
Treasurer – Ruth Molina

Featuring FGO Studio Artists performing enchanting arias

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Spring 2019 Installation Luncheon

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