There’s much more to the Florida Grand Opera (FGO) than simply their breathtaking, world-class performances. First there are their extensive in-school programs, which provide innovative opportunities for students and teachers to make music available for free in their classrooms and allow students to experience the opera as audience members. FGO also hosts a series of Family Days, which are fun-filled events where opera fans young and old can come and explore the world of opera through hands-on activities, live performances, interactive experiences and the thrill of live theater including stage makeup, set design and singing. For adult opera fans, there are the Community Conversations, a lecture series that uses FGO’s mainstage operas as a launching point for provocative and stimulating discussions and performances. This year, the Community Conversations illuminate Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s colorful and passionately riveting masterpiece Frida, based on the life of the legendary Mexican artist. On stage currently is Mozart’s comedic masterpiece The Marriage Of Figaro through Feb. 9, followed by the South Florida Premiere of Frida on Mar. 16-30, and the classic French opera, Werther, from Apr. 27-May 11; 800.741.1010; FGO.org.
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