Florida Opera Theatre makes big changes
By Matthew J. Palm Contact Reporter Orlando Sentinel Arts Writer
January 18, 2016, 8:37 am
With a new name, new leadership and stepped-up programming, Orlando's grass-roots organization devoted to opera is hoping to hit new high notes.
"We're ready to take the next step," said John Wettach, president of the board of directors for Opera Orlando, formerly Florida Opera Theatre.
The group will announce this week that two professionals with national reputations will take the helm full-time — a level of commitment to the genre not seen since the collapse of Orlando Opera in 2009. After that company went bankrupt, a small but fiercely devoted group of volunteers formed Florida Opera Theatre to stage small-scale productions and recitals.
Opera Orlando's new executive and artistic director, Gabriel Preisser of Orlando, hopes to expand the audience for the centuries-old art form by reimagining classic works, creating site-specific productions in unconventional spaces and developing special programs for children and young professionals.
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