America's seventh-oldest opera company was founded as The Opera Guild of Greater Miami (later known as Greater Miami Opera Association) in 1941 by Arturo di Filippi, an accomplished tenor and voice teacher at the University of Miami. In 1945, The Opera Guild, Inc., of Fort Lauderdale was founded with the mission of presenting performances of Opera Guild of Greater Miami productions in Fort Lauderdale. The relationship continued until 1994, when the two companies merged to form Florida Grand Opera.
Florida Grand Opera is celebrating its 74th year of continuously producing grand opera during the 2014-15 Season. The mainstage operas of the season include: Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly, November 15 – December 6; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte, January 24 – February 14; Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles), February 28 – March 14; and Gian Carlo Menotti's The Consul, May 9 – 16.