Robert Heuer to step down from top job at Florida Grand Opera in 2013

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Robert Heuer

Robert Heuer, the often controversial general director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera, who has led the Miami company for 28 years will step down in May of 2013 at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.

“I am so proud to have served as General Director of this respected and renowned, level one company, “ Heuer said in a statement released Monday afternoon by the company. “ My good fortune is to have spent my entire life in the theater, bringing the world’s great operas to life for our tremendously appreciative audiences.

“And I was fortunate to have inherited the company from Bob Herman, an experienced and gifted impresario, who truly was an inspiration and a fantastic mentor. I hope to be able to pass the mantle on, in much the same way to the next General Director.

“The decision to retire was not easy, but I firmly believe that now is the time for new leadership with fresh ideas.  During the transition, I hope to be able to support FGO in whatever role the Board envisions for me. This is a great company in one of the world’s most exciting communities, where I’m certain the Opera will continue to play a major role.”

The company stated that Heuer will spend the last 20 months of his tenure on unfinished projects, notably the stalled development of the FGO-owned land adjacent to the Arsht Center on which the company has long planned to build its administrative offices, rehearsal space and costume shop.

The company announced just 12 days ago that director of production Kevin Mynatt would take on the role of managing director and the task of overseeing daily operations.

A search committee will be formed in January 2012 and a national firm hired to begin the official search for a successor.

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