Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is preparing for its fast approaching debut in the Design District and inviting the online community to take an active part in this milestone through Tweet Tickets – complimentary show tickets provided in exchange for live tweeting, blogging, and posting to social media channels. Available only for opening night on March 21, 2013, members of the community are welcome to apply for tickets online.
“Tweet Tickets or tweet seats became popular over the last year, but received complaints about the social media activity being disruptive to the non-tweeting audience,” said Brendan Glynn, Director of Marketing for Florida Grand Opera. “This time, the performance is taking place at a bar, where things like moderate chatting and phone use are part of the atmosphere, so it’s a great match.”
Held at the Design District’s popular music venue The Stage, this production is a tango double bill composed of Robert Xavier Rodriguez's Tango and Ástor Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, featuring a. The production runs March 21 through March 24 with general admission, standing room tickets at just $25. For tickets and more information, visit www.FGO.org.
“It makes perfect sense to have Tweet Tickets for this very unique opera experience,” said Susan Danis, General Director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera. “Thanks to the Knight Foundation, we are so please to be bringing opera to a very different audience.”
"Today's audiences demand to be engaged. The opera's new format is embracing that challenge by taking artists out of the formal performance hall and into people's everyday lives and, we hope, reminding them how important and fun the classics are," said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
This presentation is part of “Unexpected Operas in Unexpected Places,” a three-year program designed to reach new audiences by producing lesser-known works in unconventional settings. It is made possible with the support of a grant from the Knight Foundation as part of its Knights Arts Challenge and co-production sponsors Shutts & Bowen and Car2Go.
Florida Grand Opera (FGO), the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida, celebrates its 72nd year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2012-2013 season, which features: Puccini’s La bohème, Nov. 17 through Dec. 8; Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Jan. 29 through Feb. 23; Bellini’s La sonnambula, Feb. 9 through Feb. 17; and Verdi’s La traviata, Apr. 20 through May 5. Subscriptions for all four operas of the season start at $36 and single tickets start as low as $11. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (800) 741-1010 or online at www.FGO.org.
Founded in 1941 as Greater Miami Opera and later merging with The Opera Guild Inc. in 1994, FGO presents a mixture of standard repertoire and contemporary works as well as commissions new productions – all featuring projected translations in English and Spanish. FGO, recognized for funding by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Program support is provided by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. Florida Grand Opera is a Resident Company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and a member company of OPERA America. American Airlines is the Official Airline, Intercontinental Miami is the Official Hotel and Steinway & Sons is the Official Piano of Florida Grand Opera.
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