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Anonymous Donor Steps Forward To Save Opera In Broward County

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

It looks like the greatest operatic hero in South Florida this season comes armed with a checkbook instead of a broadsword.

Weeks after the Florida Grand Opera announced that a funding shortfall might force the company to pull out of its Fort Lauderdale performance dates next season, FGO general director Susan Danis says an anonymous donor has stepped forward to help.

“This amazing person is willing to match every dollar raised between now and the end of January,” Danis explained in a written statement. 

For the last 30 years, Miami-based Florida Grand Opera has brought at least two of its operas each season to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Earlier this month, the company announced that unless a fundraising goal of $600,000 was met by Jan. 31, the company would be unable to hold Broward performances next season.

“We are so fortunate to have an individual who wants to ensure that opera is available for the residents of Broward,” wrote Danis. 

Florida Grand Opera says the company has “identified” $200,000 worth of funding, leaving $400,000 to be raised by the Jan. 31, 2015, deadline.  Each dollar raised will now matched by the anonymous donor.

Christine DiMattei is WLRN's Morning Edition anchor and also reports on Arts & Culture.