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Delight in Love Gala, February 9th

by President on January 29, 2019

The Opera Society, will host Florida Grand Opera’s 78th Season Anniversary Gala on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

This enchanting black tie Gala will begin with a Prosecco Reception sponsored by Dall’Armellina Vineyards in the Abdo New River Room at 5:00 PM. Guests will enjoy having photo portraits while listening to the delightful music of The Elegant Harp, a harp duo.

This will be followed by a performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at 6:00 PM in the Au-Rene Theater. “We look forward to everyone experiencing the sensational production of Le Nozze di Figaro, featuring an international cast, many of whom are returning, including some graduates of the FGO Studio making their debut in principal cast roles. What a wonderful way to celebrate our 78th Anniversary,” said Susan T. Danis, General Director and CEO.

After the opera, guests will enjoy dinner inspired by the opera, The Marriage of Figaro, in the Abdo New River Room, followed by dessert and dancing.


Cocktails with the Elegant Harp . . . . . . . . . . . Abdo New River Room
The Marriage of Figaro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Au-Rene Theatre
Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abdo New River Room
Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Susan T. Danis, General Director & CEO
Appreciation . . . . . . . . . Linda Balent & Jan Solomon, Gala Co-Chairs
Dancing . . . . . …. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Intracoastals


Nicoise salad of mixed greens, roasted potatoes, hard boiled eggs, hari coverts, roma tomatoes, capers and a mustard vinaigrette

Grilled Mahi-Mahi and Filet Mignon combination plate served with candied pineapple jasmine and chunky roasted root vegetables. Vegan meals available upon tableside request

Crème brûlée served with fresh raspberries & family-style platters of classic French pastries and petit fours

A Message from the Gala Chairs

“If only the whole world could feel the power of harmony.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Thank you for joining us tonight in support of Florida Grand Opera, one of the oldest and most important cultural institutions in Florida, currently in its 78th season. Our lives are forever enriched through music and the arts.

Tonight we share our delight in music, opera and the complexities of
love, with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. We hope you enjoy this memorable evening of music, dinner and dancing.

Dr. Linda Balent & Mrs. Jan Solomon

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Thank you to our supporters who made this beautiful evening possible. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Silver Sponsors

Mrs. Barbara Copanos
Drs. Alvan and Linda Balent
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pierce
Dall’Armellina Vineyards


Dr. Jacqueline Hayward
Ms. Susan Danis
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hodgson
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Sturgeon
Drs. Peter Johnson and Shirley Admin
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Werner


Ms. Beth Holland
Ms. Linda Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Zukowski
Mrs. Helena Caplan
Dr. and Mrs. Amos Stoll
Mrs. Sally Robbins


The Amaturo Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Parent
Mr. and Mrs. David Treitel
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Solomon
Solomon International Solutions
Mrs. Joyce Walker
Mrs. Melanie Camp

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A Celebration of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida

by President on January 27, 2019

Frida Kahlo – An Anguished Brush” – 3 events

1 – Lecture with Art Historian, Armando Droulers

NSU Art Museum Auditorium, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:30, followed by a FREE night at the Museum.


2 – Interview with the Maestro, Robert Xavier Rodriguez

Moderated by Justin Moss, FGO Director of Broward Operations

ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Friday, March 15, 2019, 6:30pm


3 – Intimate Dinner with the Composer

Casa Frida, 5441 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00pm – $50 per person

Seating is limited

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Dinner with Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez at Casa Frida

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Maestro Andrew Bisantz previewed Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at The Opera Society’s second of three Lyrical Luncheons on Thursday, January 24 at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. His in-depth account of this memorable opera left the audience ready for the upcoming live performances.

FGO Studio Artists, Jessica E. Jones, Soprano, Evan Kardon, Soprano, and Rafael Porto, bass-baritone, performed stunning arias and duets from the opera, accompanied by our Chorus Master, pianist extraordinaire, Kathy Kozak.

“The Lyrical Luncheons are designed to educate and entertain while enhancing enjoyment of upcoming operas,” said Lyrical Luncheon Chair, Dr. Jan Solomon. “This was an enchanting afternoon of feast and song.” The cost is $65 per event.

The Marriage of Figaro will be performed at the Broward Center of Performing Arts, Thursday, February 7 and Saturday, February 9. FGO’s Annual Gala, hosted by The Opera Society, will take place before and after this Saturday performance. For more details about the event, please check out the post, Delight in Love Gala, February 9th.

The next Lyrical Luncheon will be February 20th previewing Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida. For reservations and more information, please see our post, A Celebration of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida.


Betty Williams, David Voneida, Barbara Lefka, Barbara Copanos, Nancy Voneida
Cynthia Pritchard, Patsy West, and Bill Archer

Barbara Copanos, member of the Board of Directors of The Opera Society, hosted a beautiful poolside Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at her home on January 19, 2019. She themed it “Creative Tuscan Dinner.”

Barbara Copanos, member of the Board of Directors of The Opera Society, hosted a beautiful Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at her home on January 19, 2019. She themed it “Creative Tuscan Dinner.”

Her guests included David Voneida and Nancy Voneida, President of the Symphony of the Americas Society. Also, Barbara Lefka, Betty Williams, Jacqueline Hayward, Barbara and Roland Parent, Helena Caplan,
Dr. Claire Crawford, Bill Archer, Patsy West and Cynthia Pritchard. enjoyed the evening.

Barbara has been hosting Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at her elegant home for several years. She has a special love of Italian cooking and she prepared a dinner with all her favorite dishes.

Barbara is a past President of The Opera Society and a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Grand Opera.


(l. to r.) Dr. Jacqueline Hayward, Diane Kohlmeyer, Gisela Gutmann
Melanie Camp, Chef Extraordinaire!

On Sunday, December 9, 2018, Melanie Camp hosted Diner L’Opera in her lovely home. Her guests were a Texas friend, Claire O’Malley, Jacqueline Hayward, Diane Kohlmeyer, Gisela Gutmann, Walter Nauyoks, Liz Hopwood, and Jan Solomon.

Guests were served welcome champagne, salmon mousse and artichaut a la poste. Followed by zucchini bisque, bifteck au poivre, haricots verts, and pommes de terre. Mousse au chocolate was the finishing touch.

Complementing wines were Pouilly fusse and Chateauneuf du Pape.
Melanie was taught by Jacques Pepin, Anna Muffoletto, Diane Wilkinson, Perla Meyer, Jean Pierre and James Beard. Her favorite cookbook author is Craig Clayborne. Her favorite chef is Julia Child. All the recipes for Diner L’Opera are in the Libretto Cookbook, a project Melanie chaired from 1985 until it was published in 1987.


Lyrical Luncheon for La boheme with Justin Moss

by President on November 2, 2018

Wendy Liebowitz, VP and Branch Manager for Fidelity Investments (left) and Helena Caplan, Board member of The Opera Society.

The Lyrical Luncheon was attended by the most enthusiastic supporters of The Opera Society and Florida Grand Opera.

The preview of La boheme was presented by Justin Moss, our resident aficionado of all things opera. He introduced our talented Studio Artists to perform enchanting arias and duets from the opera.

All were inspired to attend the two upcoming performances in Broward County.

Pictured here is our sponsor of the Lyrical Luncheons, Wendy Liebowitz, VP and Branch Manager for Fidelity Investments and Helena Caplan, Board member of The Opera Society.


Lyrical Luncheons for 2018-2019

by David on September 19, 2018

The Opera Society in partnership with Fidelity Investments announces its schedule of informative and entertaining Lyrical Luncheons that preview upcoming performances of Florida Grand Opera in Broward County. The previews feature performances of the talented FGO “Studio Artists” and a guest speaker.


November 1 – Preview for La Boheme by Puccini
Justin Moss, Director of Broward Operations, FGO

January 24 – Preview of Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Andrew Bisantz, Conductor

February 20 – Preview of Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez
Philip Pierce, Director of Artistic Administration, FGO

Time: 11:30am

Location: Coral Ridge Yacht Club, 2800 Yacht Club Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

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Price: $65 per person

If you would like to sponsor a Lyrical Luncheon, please contact us through the contact form.


2018-2019 Lyrical Luncheon Registration

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Opera Society May Installation Luncheon

by Admin on May 13, 2018

Susan Danis, FGO General Director and CEO installed the newly elected Officers of The Opera Society at a beautifully planned songfest and Spring Luncheon at the Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.

2018-19 President, Jan Solomon is joined by VP Ways & Means, Karen Mathieson, VP Membership, Nadia Greenidge, VP Public Relations, Melanie Camp & (Helena Caplan, not pictured), Recording Secretary, Isobel Sturgeon, Corresponding Secretary, Linda Balent, Treasuer, Ruth Molina.

A salon style performance from the Studio Artists as well as a thank you from outgoing President, Karen Mathieson set the stage for a delightful spring fling!





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It’s a Wrap!

by Admin on May 13, 2018


The Opera Society Lyrical Luncheons closed with a preview of the 2018-19 season and a celebration of a successful fundraiser sponsored by Fidelity Investments.

Jan Solomon, Chairperson for the four exceptional luncheons featuring performances by the Florida Grand Opera Studio Artists and opera highlights from Florida Grand Opera’s Administration were subscribed by over 60 enthusiastic supporters of the Opera Society.

A special thank you to Wendy Liebowitz, VP and Branch Manager at Fidelity Investments, for her Investment Notes and Insights!




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Celebrating Eric Koskoff

by Admin on March 12, 2018

Members of the Opera Society along with FGO’s General Director, Susan Danis and Director of Broward Operations, Justin Moss as well as members of the FGO Studio Artists, celebrated the Volunteerism and Dedication of Eric Koskoff. Ruth Molina opened her home for a delicious Luncheon highlighted by a beautifully decorated cake. 
A Proclamation on Parchment was prepared and read by Melanie Camp. Eric Koskoff has served on many boards locally over the years. His dedication to the arts, especially Opera is notable!