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Maria Todaro is Officially Appointed to Position of General Director of Florida Grand Opera


(Credit: Tania Barricklo) Florida Grand Opera has dropped the interim tag and announced the official appointment of Maria Todaro to the position of General Director. Todaro’s professional life has seen her transition from mezzo-soprano to entrepreneur when she founded a company Arteodor, France at the age of 21; she also co-founded the Hudson Valley International Festival of the Voice. From {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Advocating For Women On and Off Stage With Rebecca Krynski Cox & Maria Todaro


(Photo credit: Leonor Anthony) Hours before her final debut performance as Mimì in Florida Grand Opera’s “La Bohème,” soprano Rebecca Krynski Cox announced via Instagram that she is nine months pregnant. Cox and Florida Grand Opera’s General Director Maria Todaro spoke with OperaWire about working together through this process and on the importance of supporting women and pregnant people within {…}

Business, News

Maria Todaro Announced as Interim General Director at Florida Grand Opera


(Credit: Eric Joannes) Florida Grand Opera has announced that Maria Todaro will serve as the company’s Interim General Director throughout the 2023-24 season. Todaro commenced her professional life as a mezzo-soprano and entrepreneur. She founded the company Arteodor and took on a stage directing career where she worked with such organizations as Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Hawai’i Opera Theater. {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q&A: James Conlon, Marlon Daniel, & Maria Todaro on Their Shared Devotion to the Life and Works of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Photo: Bob-Estremera, Bonnie Perkinson, & Tania Baricklo The name and reputation of the revolutionary Classical composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges were once nearly forgotten. Through the work of Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon, Marlon Daniel founder of the Saint-Georges International Music Festival, and stage director Maria Todaro, Bologne is returning to the spotlight. Below these individuals discuss {…}

Black History Month, Interviews, News

Q & A: Maria Todaro on Her New Productions of ‘The Anonymous Lover’ & Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Photo Credit: Tania Barricklo Multi-talented opera director, fight choreographer, composer, singer, and conductor Maria Todaro spoke with OperaWire about revising the recent productions of “The Anonymous Lover” and her ‘love affair’ with the composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. In 2022 Todaro staged “The Anonymous Lover” for Minnesota Opera. Paying homage to Bologne, she set the opera in 18th century {…}


Florida Grand Opera Names Sissi Fleitas New Ambassador


The Florida Grand Opera has named Sissi Fleitas one of its newest ambassadors. In this role, Fleitas will focus on educating Spanish-speaking youth about the transformative power of opera, drawing on her deep-rooted passion for the arts and cultural preservation. Fleitas is a renowned Cuban-American actress known for her vibrant career in television, theater, and film. She made her stage {…}

Business, News

Radmila Lolly is Florida Grand Opera’s Newest Board Member


Radmila Lolly has joined the board of the Florida Grand Opera. Lolly is a Russian-American artist with a varied career that has seen her make incursions into music, fashion, and literature. As a musician, she has released a series of major albums including “IV Stories at the Standard Hotel” and “Wonderland.” Some of her major hits include “U R Moving {…}


Jennifer Rowley Headlines Opera Naples’ ‘Madama Butterfly’


Opera Naples is set to present Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The production by Maria Todaro will star internationally acclaimed soprano Jennifer Rowley in her signature role. She will be joined by mezzo-soprano Julia Maria Johnson, tenor Martín Nusspaumer and baritone Raymond Diaz. Ramón Tebar will conduct the Naples Festival Orchestra. “Madama Butterfly” will be performed on March 8 and 10, 2024 {…}