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Florida Grand Opera names Susan Danis new CEO

Susan Danis

The Florida Grand Opera has searched the globe for a new general director and CEO. This will be the company’s fourth in 72 years.

The Opera’s board of directors approved the selection of Susan T. Danis, a self-described “opera geek” who has been executive director of the Sarasota Opera since 1999. Danis, 52, starts her new job Oct. 9, replacing long-time CEO Robert Heuer, who retired at the end of May. The Florida Grand Opera’s budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year is approximately $10.1 million, with nearly $6 million from contributions.

During her work in Sarasota, Danis oversaw a capital campaign that raised more than $47 million, including $20 million for the renovation of the opera house.

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