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Robert M. Heuer to be honored with 25th anniversary tribute

Robert M. Heuer, Florida Grand Opera general director and CEO, will be honored on Thursday, Feb. 25, with a Tribute Concert in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, followed by a black-tie dinner on the Lynn Wolfson Stage, in celebration of his 25th anniversary as general director of Florida Grand Opera.

Lynn Wolfson, arts philanthropist and director emeritus of Florida Grand Opera, is honorary chair of the Robert M. Heuer 25th Anniversary Tribute Concert and Dinner Committee and a major benefactor of the event. Jane A. Robinson, FGO board chair, and Dr. Morton J. Robinson, a member of the board of directors, are event chairs.

Florida Grand Opera, founded in 1941, has been led by only three general directors in its 69 year history of continuous programming: founding general director Arturo di Filippi, Robert Herman, and Heuer, who assumed the leadership role in 1985, following six years with the company as director of production and, later, assistant general director.

Under Heuer’s leadership, the company,  then known as Greater Miami Opera Association, merged with the Opera Guild Inc. of Fort Lauderdale in 1994 to create Florida Grand Opera, which enabled the company to present its mainstage productions in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

In 2006 Miami performances moved from Dade County Auditorium, where they had been given since 1951, to the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House in the new Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County.

During Heuer’s seasons as general director and CEO, FGO has mounted more than 90 mainstage productions, including 25 operas never previously seen in South Florida. Among these productions are Richard Strauss’ Salome and Ariadne auf Naxos; Britten’s The Turn of the Screw; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; Handel’s Julius Caesar; Janacek’s Kátya Kabanová; Marc Blitzstein’s Regina; Bellini’s La sonnambula, and the American premiere of Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero as well as the world premieres of Robert Ward’s Minutes till Midnight and David Carlson’s Anna Karenina.

Tickets for the concert alone are available from $20 to $125, and may be purchased online at < www.fgo.org >, or by calling 1-800-741-1010. Tickets for the concert and the on-stage dinner are available starting at $750 per person.

For sponsorship information and reservations for the concert together with the dinner, call Denise Courshon at 305-854-1643, ext 1202.

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