Florida Grand Opera Chief Susan Danis To Leave Company

By Francisco Salazar

Susan Danis is leaving Florida Grand Opera after six years as CEO and executive director.

Danis announced in an exclusive statement to SFCR Monday morning noting, “It is hard to leave FGO after giving six years of your life to the company. It has been quite a ride. Together with some outstanding patrons, staff, and board members, we have created great things artistically and in the community. You know who you are and I thank you!”

She added, “I walk away with my head held high for the many things accomplished and I wish FGO and its next leader the very best.”

Danis also announced that in October she will become CEO and president of the La Jolla Music Society and The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center in San Diego.

The FGO board noted, “Since 2012, Susan has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. While we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as the President and CEO of the La Jolla Music Society and The Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center.”

During Danis’ tenure, the FGO delivered numerous acclaimed productions and built a legacy in bringing 20th and 21st-century repertory to the company including Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger,” Andy Vores’ “No Exit” and Jorge Martin’s “Before Night Falls.”