Florida Grand Opera, a Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District cultural partner, is known for showcasing star opera singers on its stage. Yet another major star, who takes his place in front of the Florida Grand Opera’s orchestra, is Maestro Ramón Tebar, the first Spanish conductor to lead a major American opera company as music director, and one of the youngest music directors in America.
A dynamic young conductor, Maestro Tebar will conduct Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Wolfgang Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” during the upcoming Florida Grand Opera season. He will continue as principal conductor for Florida Grand Opera productions through the 2015–2016 season. He has served as music director of the Florida Grand Opera since 2011, following his acclaimed debut with the company in 2010.
Renowned in the South Florida classical music scene, Maestro Tebar is also artistic director of the Palm Beach Symphony (a post he has held since 2010), and was recently elected artistic and music director of Opera Naples and music director of the Dominican Republic’s biannual Festival Musical de Santo Domingo.
Born in Valencia, Spain, Maestro Tebar has worked with renowned soloists such as Joshua Bell, Gautier Capuçon, Daniil Trifonov and Narek Haghnazarian; and singers including Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto, Angela Gheorghiu, Teresa Berganza, Ileana Cotrubas, Ben Heppner, Roberto Alagna, Maria Guleghina, Mariella Devia and Virginia Zeani.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15–Oct. 15, Riverwalk A&E District is pleased to honor the generations of Hispanic Americans, including Maestro Tebar, who have positively influenced and enriched our nation, society and culture.
Florida Grand Opera’s 2014–2015 season features amazing performances at Riverwalk A&E partner Broward Center for the Performing Arts, including “Madama Butterfly” on Dec. 4 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., “Così fan tutte” on Feb. 12 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and “The Pearl Fishers” on March 12 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. Be sure not to miss these spectacular operas, presented by Florida’s oldest performing arts organization.