Opera at Broward Center may get a last-minute reprieve

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Susan T. Danis came aboard as FGO's CEO and general director in October of 2012.

Susan T. Danis

An anonymous benefactor has stepped forward with a no-limit matching grant to help keep Florida Grand Opera performing at the Broward Center.

“This rare donor truly believes in the citizens of Broward County and is helping to ensure that opera continues in Fort Lauderdale,” said Susan T. Danis, FGO general director and CEO.

Danis announced earlier this month that financial support for FGO in Broward County had declined precipitously in recent seasons, to the point where it was becoming no longer viable for the Miami-based company to travel up to Fort Lauderdale to do two performances of each production at the Broward Center. She said the company needed to raise $400,000 by January 31 to bring its 2015-16 productions to Fort Lauderdale.

With the new grant, the amount required to be raised has been cut in half. The campaign still has two weeks to go.

“Dollar for dollar will be matched,” said Danis. “If we raise just $200,000, the campaign is finished.”

Florida Grand Opera’s next production is Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, which opens at the Arsht Center in Miami on January 24. fgo.org; 800-741-1010.

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