Breaking: US opera boss quits

Breaking: US opera boss quits


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2018

Just in from South Florida Classical Review:

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

In October Danis will become CEO and president of the La Jolla Music Society and the Conrad Presbys Performing Arts Center in San Diego.

Why, you wonder?

Despite the artistic triumphs, Danis couldn’t overcome FGO’s continuing issues of shaky finances and a declining audience base in Miami. (The company continues to be hobbled by a lingering deficit, currently estimated at $3.5 million.)

She also had to deal with the backstage intrigue of competing agendas, internal factions and backstabbing by those set on undermining her authority, which seem an inevitable part of presenting opera in Miami.

Read on here.


  • Eugene Carlson says:

    Bottom line: Do I want to live and work in South Florida or San Diego-La Jolla? Case closed.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Need the soundtrack of the OJays singin’ “Back Stabbers”.