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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