Paint and Sip on Zoom!

by Admin on December 11, 2020

Join Melanie Camp and Jan Solomon as we create a work of art!

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Time: 4PM -6PM
$50 per person

Jan will purchase and deliver supplies if needed (approx. $25).

Here is what you need to paint Calla Lilies:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Tiny sponge (aqua green, Cad orange, cobalt blue, yellow, magenta, white)
  • Brushes (#2 #6 #8)
  • Plastic plate or palette
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Apron
  • Easel optional

And of course be sure to have a favorite beverage alongside!

Paint & Sip on Zoom!
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Shaina Martinez, Andrew Simpson, Stephanie Doche, and Michael Miller sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, the Studio Artists set us in the mood for the Holidays with their Holiday Pops Concert. The sold-out event was socially distanced and masked at the Florida Grand Opera Doral Center.

The enthusiast audience delighted in opera favorites and perennial favorites like ” Jingle Bells”, “Silent Night”, “Hanukkah Song”, “Dreidel Song” and “Deck the Halls”.

Wishing everyone a joyous and healthy Holiday!

Shaina Martinez and Stephanie Doche sing “Belle nuit, o nuit d’amour” from Les Contes d’Hoffman” ( The Barcarolle )
Andrew Simpson thrills us with an arrangement of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by accompanist and coach, Caren Levine.
Luis Valenzuela, Education Director, members of the Education committee, Lyn Bauer and Susan Medina, with Hal Wanless
Momentary unmask for Dr. Linda Balent, Secretary Board of Directors, Florida Grand Opera,


Opera on the Beach 2020

by Admin on December 15, 2020

(L-R) Lea Singh McCoy, Barbara Parent, Isobel Sturgeon and Brian Hero enjoy the arias at the Harbor Beach Surf Club.
Beautiful day at the Beach!

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, members of The Opera Society gathered at the private Harbor Beach Surf Club to enjoy a concert by the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists. With everyone safely masked and socially distanced, our hostess, Isobel Sturgeon, and her committee, Brana Nemeth and Brian Hero of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, greeted the guests. Victor Kendall, FGO Chief Advancement Officer, and Mitch Roe, Director of Artistic Administion were in attendance. After the concert, the host committee gifted to each guest a delightful bag with splits of sparkling wine, a Christmas ornament and delicious treats, especially Brian’s exclusive cupcakes!! It was a beautiful afternoon full of friendship, fun and the glorious arias of grand opera with our talented Studio Artists !

Enjoy with photos of the concert!

(L-R) Jan Solomon and the Studio Artists who are ready to begin
The artists begin with the festive “Champagne’s delicious bubbles” from Die Fledermaus
Stephanie Doche and Shaina Martinez have fun with “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Company by Steven Sondheim
Michael Miller sings an impassioned “O vin, dissipe la tristesse”, from Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas
Andrew Simpson sings “Quand la flame de L’amor”, from La jolie fille de Perth
The artists getting into character for “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” from La Triviata
Tenor, Dylan Elza begins “Libiamo”
Baritone, Michael Miller answers !
The ladies have their say as Soprano Shaina Martinez sings “Libiamo”
The ladies have more to say as mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Doche continues “Libiamo
Everyone loves singing “Libiamo”
Shaina Martinez delights us in “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heib” from Guiditta
Tenor, Dylan Elza wows us with the Neopolitan favorite “Santa Lucia”
Some holiday fun with “Jingle Bells” and “Dreidel Song”
The holiday spirit continues with “Silent Night”
The artists and audience thank our talented accompanist Jared Peroune.


Wine Taste Zoom 2021

by Admin on December 6, 2020

The Opera Society cordially invites you to taste wine!

January 19, 2021
February 11, 2021
March 11, 2021

Time: From 5PM to 6PM
Cost: $80 per tasting

From the comfort of your home, alone or with family, we will deliver three wines for up to three months of tastings!

With the participation and coordination of PRP Wine International, The Opera Society offers three tastings of red, white, and sparkling wines.

  • Includes guided virtual tasting with presentations from wine makers and experts and three bottles of wine, each tasting valued at $90 or more
  • Reservations must be made two weeks in advance of the date and adult signature is required for the wine to be delivered
Zoom Wine Taste 2021
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Fall Membership Luncheon 2020

by Admin on December 4, 2020

Program and Luncheon on the upstairs verananda of the Coral Ridge Yacht Club, masked and socially distanced

Membership Luncheon features Mitch Roe, Director of Artistic Administration, Florida Grand Opera and Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists

Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 19, 2020 – The Opera Society welcomed former and new members to our Season opening event, our Membership Luncheon, held at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on the beautiful open-air Veranda.

We also welcomed Florida Grand Opera’s Director of Artistic Administration, Mitch Roe, and sensational Studio Artists, Shaina Martinez and Stephanie Doche. He gave an informative account of opera’s evolutionary history from the Classical Period through the Romantic bel canto Period to the Verismo Period, with the Studio Artists singing examples of each historic era. These stunning performances left the audience yearning for more.  

Board member Dr. Linda Balent presented the opportunity to support Florida Grand Opera’s Education Program. This year will showcase the world premiere of a children’s opera about the power of friendship, Frida Kahlo and The Bravest Girl in the World. It will be presented in Broward and Miami-Dade County schools digitally for grades 4-8. 

KayeLynne Northcutt, on behalf of the Opera Society Board, presented Past President Jan Solomon with a stunning wide-brimmed elegant hat to recognize her service for the past two years at the helm of The Opera Society.  

A delicious lunch was served following the performances. 

Members of the Florida Grand Opera Board, Dr. Linda Balent and Himanshu Bhatt, also attended.

We were also joined by several members on Zoom for the Welcome and performances, including Melanie Camp, Barry Rabinowitz, President Isobel Sturgeon, Carol Frei, Liz Hopwood, and Barbara Becker.

The afternoon was enjoyed by all and we appreciated the opportunity to see each other in person and on Zoom, and share our love of opera. 

For information, please see our website, or contact [email protected]

The Opera Society is an affiliate organization of Florida Grand Opera.

Claire Crawford, Vice President Ways and Means, and KayeLynne Northcutt, Board member, presenting to Immediate Past President Jan Solomon a token of appreciation, from her Board of Directors, for her service as President for two terms.
KayeLynne Northcutt, Jan Solomon and her gift, a new hat!
Jan models her gift and thanks her Board and members of The Opera Society!
Shaina Martinez, soprano, performed “Piangete voi… Al dolce guidami” from Anna Bolena and “Quai fiamma aver nel guardo!..Stridono lassù” from I Pagliacci
Stephanie Doche, mezzo soprano, performed “Sequidilla” from Carmen and
“Sein wir wieder gut” from Ariadne auf Naxos


The FGO Studio Artists in Fort Lauderdale

by Admin on November 27, 2020

Michael Miller, baritone, as Figaro from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

On Sunday November 8, 2020, Songfest was cancelled due to inclement weather. However, on November 15, we were able to enjoy the talent and skill of our Studio Artists at a Songfest featuring 20th and 21st Century Opera and Musical Theatre at the beautiful chapel of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. On November 22, at the same venue, they thrilled the masked and socially-distanced audience in a sold-out performance of Opera’s Greatest Hits!

If you haven’t heard them yet, there will be a Holiday Pops Concert on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 PM at the Doral Center (see for more information) or an Opera At the Beach Concert on December 3 in Fort Lauderdale (see this website for information).

Enjoy the beautiful photos!

Michael Miller ” Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Stephanie Doche and Michael Miller “Dunque io son” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
Stephanie Doche sings “Habanera” form Carmen
Shaina Martinez and Dylan Elza ” Suzel, buon di ( Duetto della Ciliega)” from L’amico Fritza”
Andrew Simpson, “Vecchia zimarra senti” from La Boheme.
The only aria written by Puccini for a bass.
Dyaln Elza and Michael Miller, “In un coupe?… O Mimi, tu piu non torni” from La Boheme
Shaina Martinez and Andrew Simpson “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
Dylan Elza, ” La donna e mobile?” from Rigoletto
Stephanie Doche, Dylan Elza, Shaina Martinez, Andrew Simpson, “Un di, se ben rammentomi” from Verdi’s Rigoletto
Michael Miller and Andrew Simpson singing Rossini’s “Duetto buffo di due gatti”
Stephanie Doche and…
All Studio Artists singing “Libiamo ne’lieti calci” from La Triviata



Pledges for the 2020-21 Education Program

by Admin on November 24, 2020

Frida Kahla and the Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt

Every year since 2007, THE OPERA SOCIETY has supported children’s operas in Broward county schools. As you know, we do this as part of our community outreach. We have raised the funds to cover any costs associated with these productions so that there was no charge to the schools.

This year, FGO is presenting “Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World”, a children’s opera by Joe Illick based on the highly acclaimed book by Laurence Anholt. It describes the real-life friendship of Marianna Morillo Safa with famed artist Frida Kahlo. This opera will be presented DIGITALLY to grades 4-8 in Dade and Broward schools.

More information about the production can be found here.

I am asking you to be generous again and to give to support this program. Funds from us will help to cover some of the costs of this production: recording studio, costumes, set, artists, etc. Our goal is to raise $3500.

Our President has generously made a pledge to match gifts up to $1750. Please see the form below so that you can all make a pledge to support this important program!

Thank you in advance.

Linda Balent

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On Saturday, November 14, 2020, our talented Studio Artists performed a beautiful program of beloved arias. Accompanied by Caren Levine and Jared Peroune, they thrilled the sold-out audience at the Doral Center. Don’t miss this program when they perform it in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday November 22 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church!

Michael Miller “Largo al factotum” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
Stephanie Doche and Michael Miller, “Dunque io son” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Dylan Elza and Michael Miller “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pecheurs de Perles
Shaina Martinez and Andrew Simpson, “La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
Stephanie Doche, Andrew Simpson, Shaina Martinez, “Soave sia el vento” from Cosi Fan Tutti
Stephanie Doche, Dylan Elza, Shaina Martinez, Andrew Simpson,
“Un di, se ben rammentomi” from Rigoletto
Michael Miller and Andrew Simpson singing Rossini’s “Duetto buffo di due gatti”
All the Studio Artists: “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” from La Triviata


Opera on the Beach

by Admin on November 9, 2020

Date: Dec. 3, 2020
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Harbor Beach Surf Club
1500 S Ocean Dr (east end of Harbor Beach Parkway)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Price: $100pp
Dress: casual (swimming allowed)
Light refreshments (you may bring your own if you prefer)

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Masks required over nose and mouth at all times. Singers will not perform unless all attendees are wearing masks and socially distanced at all times. Please see The Opera Society’s COVID-19 policy on the website ( No refunds for failing to wear a mask or socially distance from anyone outside your household.

Caution: there is a long wooden footbridge from the parking lot to the concert area on the beach that is not accessible by electric scooter, and may be a challenge to those using walkers.

December 2020 FGO Studio Artist Concert

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Studio Artists’ First Sing

by Admin on October 31, 2020

2020-21 Studio Artists: Dylan Elza, Stephanie Doche, Andrew Simpson, Michael Moore, and Shaina Martinez

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, 50 lucky opera lovers attended the sold-out First Sing of the 2020-21 Studio Artists! The artists were accompanied by their head coach, Caren Levine and coach, Jared Peroune. The program included favorites by Puccini (from La Rondine), Tchaikovsky (from Eugene Onegin), Bizet (from Carmen), Rossini ( from Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola), Verdi (form La Corsaro), Mozart (from Il Nozze di Figaro) and more. They performed spectacularly from behind the plastic screen shown above. The audience remained masked and socially distanced.

If you missed them, you still have opportunities to see them in concerts and Songfests here in Fort Lauderdale. Songfest recitals will take place on November 8, with the music of Victor Herbert, and November 15, with Opera and Musical Theatre, at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5555 North Federal Hwy. A Concert of Opera’s Greatest Hits will take place on November 22 at the church also. So don’t miss them and don’t miss the joy of live musical performance!

Linda Balent, Secretary of the Board of Directors, with Studio Artist Soprano Shaina Martinez, and Susan Medina, member of the FGO Education Committee
Drs. Alvan and Linda Balent with Studio Artist, Andrew Simpson, Bass Baritone, whom they are sponsoring this season.