HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL CLUB OF SOUTH FLORIDA
The Business of Opera & Private Performance
|| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
|| 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
At the new headquarters of
8390 NW 25th Street
Miami, Florida 33122
You are invited to a very special event that includes a tour of Florida Grand Opera (FGO), a business presentation, and a short opera performance. First, Justin Moss, Director of Operations will speak about the challenges of running an opera company in South Florida. Second, you will get a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the costume, wig, and makeup shops. Best of all, you will enjoy a private performance of selected arias from the upcoming season by Miami’s own Rebekah Diaz and Lievens Castillo. While there, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeurves, Chivas 18, and Chivas Regal cocktails and of course, excellent conversation. There is plenty of free parking. I hope to see you there for this terrific program.
Presentation, including Q&A
Tour of costume, wig, makeup, and rehearsal spaces
Performance of selected arias from upcoming season
Cocktail reception continues
||HBS Club of South Florida and Harvard Club of Miami members (plus one guest): $20 per person
Non-Members and Guests: $25 per person
||Ohad Jehassi, HBS 1999
Although attendance is open to everyone, we can only accommodate the first 150 who confirm. Please RSVP to secure your registration. Please respond by 7pm, Tuesday, June 19 via our website at www.hbssouthflorida.org.
Rebekah Diaz, soprano
With degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University, Soprano Rebekah Diaz has performed extensively across the musical genres. Having recently sung in Florida Grand Opera’s Lusia Fernada under Maestro Placido Domingo, she has also sung with the Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Bronx Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall and locally with The New World Symphony, and Miami Lyric Opera.
Currently on the voice faculty at Florida International University and the faculty of the University of Miami’s Young Musicians Camp, Ms. Diaz is described by the Miami Herald as a having an “admirable and rich voice”. Her operatic oeuvre includes such roles as “Liu” from Turandot, “Mimi” from La Boheme, ‘Marguerite’ from Faust, “Desdemona” from Otello, ‘Nedda’ from Pagliacci, and ‘Leonora’ from Trovatore among others. While opera has been a driving force for Ms. Diaz, her great love of Musical Theater and Jazz has always been close to her heart; performing most recently in such roles as “Mary Poppins” from Mary Poppins, “Fiona” from Shrek, “Maria” from West Side Story, the title role in Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and is currently the lead vocalist on a new touring review of the life and work of Gene Kelly.
About Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera (FGO), founded in 1941, is celebrating its 71th year of continuous performances during the 2011-2012 season. FGO stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. Annually, main stage performances are attended by nearly 55,000 people.
- FGO is the Southeast’s first regional Opera Company.
- FGO is the 7th oldest Opera Company in the United States, dating from 1941 in Miami.
- FGO takes pride in having featured some of the world’s leading singers, including Placido Domingo, Regina Resnick, Roberta Peters, Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Renata Scotto, James Morris, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, Evelyn Lear, Thomas Stewart, Diana Soviera, Elizabeth Futral, Helen Donath, Deborah Voigt, Fernando de la Mora and David Daniels, while nurturing the rising stars of the opera stage such as Sarah Coburn, Leah Partridge, Kelly Kaduce and James Valenti.
- FGO’s 92-work repertoire represents 46 composers and spans nearly 400 years of the art form. FGO continues to add to the repertory of operas, mounting 25 productions over the past twenty years not previously seen by South Florida audiences, including the commissioning and world premiere of Anna Karenina in 2007.