Florida Grand Opera Unveils New Concert Series for 2023-24

By David Salazar

Florida Grand Opera has announced a unique new concert season.

“We are breaking out of the box and exploring a lot of new things,” says Director of Artistic Operations Matt Cooksey said in an official press statement. “Even though we have great traditional operas at the big houses, this season is about challenging ourselves to prepare innovative vocal concerts in South Florida that celebrate the diverse cultural makeup in our community and create the next wave of opera fans.”

To that effect, the company is kicking things off with “First Sing,” featuring the 2023-24 Studio Artists including tenor Joseph McBrayer, soprano Sara Kennedy, mezzo-soprano Taylor-Alexis DuPont, baritone Joseph Canuto Leon, and bass-baritone Keith Klein.

Performance Date: Oct. 20 & 21, 2023

Next up is “Scandals and Scoundrels: Opera’s Contemptible Characters and Sordid Situations.” Studio Artists will present arias and concerts from some of opera’s most famous villains.

Performance Date: Nov. 17 & 19, 2023

ForFrom the Page to the Stage: Great Literary Works Reimagined for the Operatic Stage,” audiences will see Studio Artists take on music adapted from works of celebrated authors.

Performance Date: Feb. 16 & 18, 2024

There will be a “Cuba in Zarzuela y Canción” showcase.

Performance Date: Feb. 25, 2024

There will also be an “Opera Reggae Concert.”

Performance Date: March 3, 2024

That will be followed up by “Drop the Mic! Broadway Musicals Without Microphones,” also featuring Studio Artists.

Performance Date: March 15 & 17, 2024

Next up is “Zarzuela por el mundo.”

Performance Date: April 14, 2024

The Studio Artists will also take part in the “Final Sing.”

Performance Date: May 10 & 12, 2024.