Florida Grand Opera to Present ‘Staff Sing’ This August

By David Salazar

This August, Florida Grand Opera is set to shine the spotlight on its administrative staff in “Staff Sing.”

Per an official press release, the company will feature soprano/Director of Finance Susana Diaz, mezzo-soprano/Artistic Administration and Finance Associate Lauren Frick, contralto/Marketing and Communications Manager Cindy Sadler, tenor/Development Associate Peter Rivera, baritone/Director of Artistic Operations Matt Cooksey, and bass-baritone/Samuel M. Townsend Studio Artist Manager Neil Nelson, and pianist Paul Schwartz in two concert performances on August 12 and 19.

The first performance will take place at the Florida Grand Opera Office at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, while the latter show is set for the Doral Opera Center. Both performances kick off at 7:30 p.m. local time.

The program, which is set to last around 75 minutes, will feature arias, songs, and ensembles from, such renowned works as “Carmen,” “Candide,” “Rigoletto,” “Die Fledermaus,” “The Pearlfishers,” and “Faust,” among others.

“The Staff Sing came out of a brainstorming session,” said the company’s General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis in an official press statement. “I have always enjoyed working with singers that have chosen to take on administrative roles at opera companies. They bring a special passion to what they do. FGO is so fortunate to have six outstanding professional singers on our administrative team. Their willingness to give a benefit concert to kick off our 82nd season is just wonderful and a real treat for South Florida audiences.”