A rich cultural life can be one of a community’s greatest achievements, and small lean companies such as Opera Fusion are the new wave. We believe the time is right for a fresh and lighter approach to opera and operatic presentations. In creating opportunities for gifted local singers, we celebrate the beauty and expressiveness of their voices and welcome new audiences to classical singing with lively, relevant and accessible productions.
Opera Fusion opened its first season on Halloween 2014 at the 300-seat Lake Worth Playhouse with Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. The audience — many “opera virgins” — returned over the years to hear more fun productions such as Duelling Divas, Music to Eat Chocolate By and The Sopranos. Our most ambitious project was the world premiere of Fort Lauderdale composer Michael Ross’ Not In My Town, the story of Matthew Shepard and Romaine Patterson, at The Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater and Florida Atlantic University. In summer 2015, our first of four annual Emerging Artist Projects featured the first act of Cosi fan tutte and the second act of Die Fledermaus, performed in a 100-seat black-box theater in Davie. Until the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered public performances, we built on that program every summer. Singers selected — all from Florida — received tuition-free voice lessons, musical coaching, acting classes, resume writing and audition prep — even yoga for singers. Verdi, Puccini and Richard Strauss were the focus for the ensuing years. We named this program after one of our founders and most reliable patrons: The Renée Greenberg Emerging Artist Project. We have held open auditions every year, with the exception of 2020-21 because of the pandemic. All of our singers came from that process. We have mounted numerous full-production operas and concerts, as well as entertained at many public and private venues.