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Anonymous donor comes to Florida Grand Opera’s rescue

Singer Kelly Kaduce (left) and Director Marc Astafan (center) go over a scene with conductor Ramón Tebar during rehearsal for Florida Grand Opera’s production of "Madama Butterfly" last November.
Singer Kelly Kaduce (left) and Director Marc Astafan (center) go over a scene with conductor Ramón Tebar during rehearsal for Florida Grand Opera’s production of "Madama Butterfly" last November. Miami Herald Staff

The Florida Grand Opera has announced that an anonymous donor will help the group make up a funding shortfall in Broward County that threatens to end the troupe’s performances there.

Earlier this month, FGO announced that unless it could raise $600,000 by Jan. 31 — when it must inform the Broward Center for the Performing Arts whether to continue reserving dates for FGO next season — it would stop performing there. Since then the company, which says it is losing money on its Fort Lauderdale performances, where audiences and ticket sales have shrunk by more than half since 2006, has raised $200,000. But on Monday, FGO announced that an anonymous donor will match any money raised between now and Jan. 31.

“This amazing person is willing to match every dollar raised between now and the end of January,” said Susan Danis, FGO’s general director and CEO.

The problems in Broward are part of a larger financial crisis at FGO, Florida’s oldest performing arts group. Last fall it kicked off a major three-year $17.5 million fundraising campaign, the amount FGO officials say they need to keep the troupe going. Thus far, it has raised only $1million.

Donations can be made online at FGO.org. For more information or to make a pledge, please contact Senior Individual Giving Officer Max Kellogg at 305-403-3289 or mkellogg@fgo.org.

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