The Finger Lakes Opera board of directors is pleased to announce that it has reached a five-year contract extension with Artistic Director Gerard Floriano, demonstrating the organization’s confidence in Floriano’s artistic direction and creative vision.
Rose-Marie Klipstein, Finger Lakes Opera board president, said, "The Finger Lakes Opera board of directors was pleased to extend the contract of its fabulous artistic director, Gerard Floriano, who has proven over the past seven years that he is well qualified to direct the productions of a world-class opera company. The board has appreciated his vision, leadership, and commitment and is confident that he will ensure a bright future for Finger Lakes Opera."
When asked what he believed to be Finger Lakes Opera's greatest strength, Floriano stated, "It is the exceedingly high quality of our productions and our knack for bringing the industry’s most exciting singers to the Finger Lake Opera stage. Everything about our productions is of the highest caliber. Our challenge is to make more people aware of our presence in the region, and what a cultural treasure they have right here in their own back yard."
Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème highlights Finger Lake Opera’s 2019 season on August 9th and 11th at Canandaigua Academy. A children’s opera, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Opera HITS!, a performance of opera and Broadway highlights, will round out Finger Lake Opera’s 2019 season.
"When I first met Gerry, it was evident the passion and enthusiasm he exudes for Finger Lakes Opera. His attention to artistic excellence and desire to educate emerging young artists and audiences are inspiring," said Elizabeth G. Long, Finger Lake Opera’s executive director. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him to bring great opera to the Finger Lakes area."
Floriano and his wife, Joan, also a musician, live in Penfield and have raised three children. Their elder daughter is a professional violinist in the Midwest, their son is pursuing an operatic singing career of his own and will be performing at Opera Saratoga this summer, and their younger daughter is currently applying to graduate programs. Floriano is an avid runner, bicyclist, and reader, and highly recommends his most recent read, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough.