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Impresario Luncheon w/Sherrill Milnes

April 1, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Legendary artist, teacher and producer receives the Founder’s Award

Impresario Celebration Luncheon

Honoring Opera Star, Sherrill Milnes

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 11:30 am

Coral Ridge Yacht Club

2800 Yacht Club Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304


The Opera Society, an affiliate organization of Florida Grand Opera, will honor legendary opera star and teacher Sherrill Milnes with the Dr. Arturo di Filippi Founder’s Award at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday,  April 1, 2023.  Mr. Miles performance history at Florida Grand Opera spans twenty years and includes seven leading roles including MacBeth in 1971 and Falstaff in 1991. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who through their generosity and dedication have contributed greatly to the success of the Florida Grand Opera in Broward and Miami Dade Counties.

Susan T. Danis Florida Grand Opera CEO and General Director, said “We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves back to FGO.  Not only will attendees be treated to hearing tales of his career at the luncheon, he will also be working with our Studio Artists in both in a Master Class and individual sessions.”

The program includes lunch, a champagne reception and a tribute performance by FGO Studio Artists. As a highlight of the afternoon, Mr. Milnes will speak about his extraordinary life in opera.

Acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation, he is known for his powerful voice, commanding presence and rugged handsomeness. He sang over 650 performances at the Metropolitan Opera from the 1960’s through the 1990’s.    At the Met he was honored with 12 new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national  telecasts.  As a leading artist in all the world’s great opera houses, Mr. Milnes performed and recorded with many of the 20th century’s greatest singers, such as Domingo, Pavarotti, Caballe. Sutherland, Sills, Horne, Price and Tebaldi.    

He is the winner of three Grammy Awards, and the most recorded American singer of his time.  In 2008 he received the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement. 

Driven by his dedication to make the vocal arts vibrant, vital, and entertaining in today’s world, Mr. Milnes continues to give masterclasses, judge competitions, and mentor a new generation of singers.  With his wife, Maria Zouves, he co-founded and runs the Sherrill Milnes Voice Programs: VOICExperience Foundation and the Savannah VOICE Festival, which provides training for aspiring young artists while fostering new audiences for the arts.

“The Opera Society’s members are looking forward with much anticipation to Mr. Milnes sharing memories of his distinguished life in opera,” said Claire Crawford, President of The Opera Society.


As Nabucco

As Macbeth

As Rigoletto

As Ernani

The Honorary Chair of the event is Barbara Copanos and the co-chairs are Claire Crawford, President of The Opera Society and Tracy Roloff, board member.  For more information call 954 292 4574

The luncheon is open to all and takes place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 and starts at 11:30 am at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale.  All proceeds benefit The Opera Society and Florida Grand Opera, a 501 © 3 nonprofit organization.  Tickets are available for $125 per person.  Contact Maria Salgado at [email protected] or visit theoperasociety.org for reservations or call 954 292 4574.


As Falstaff

As Don Carlos in Forza Del Destino

As MacBeth

As Hamlet 

About Dr. Artur di Filippi

Arturo di Filippi was born in Lucera, Italy arriving America at age 17.  Arriving in sun drenched Miami in 1939 after a singing career in the New York concert stage and on a network of radio opera performances; he began teaching voice at the University of Miami.

Di Filippi founded the Opera Guild Miami in 1942 and sang the lead in their first performance of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. In 1945 he appeared in a production of Il Trovatore and The Opera Guild Fort Lauderdale was born.

 Dr. di Filippi held the role of Impresario for the Greater Miami Opera Guild for 31 years. He once remarked his first office in Miami was his hat which he passed frequently for donations to the Opera. His rehearsal studios were the homes and lofts in the area and their leases lasted if the neighbors could stand the noise.

Agnes Ash of the Miami Times wrote a colorful description of “The man who took us to the Opera.” She said Arturo di Filippi was romantic, bombastic, and gallant. His compelling charm wooed generous patrons. Having the impetus and spirit to bring opera to South Florida was to his credit.

Today at the ripe age of 81 years, Florida Grand Opera is one of the oldest opera companies in North America. Arturo di Filippi found it…. despite the Sun and Sand!


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April 1, 2023
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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