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Justin Moss is a resident opera expert and lecturer based out of Miami. A native of San Francisco, Justin Moss attended college in Santa Barbara, California, and after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 1969, worked for the University Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara, managing the Art and Music Collections branch library. In 1978, he was recruited to join the staff at the University of California, San Francisco (the U.C.S.F. Medical Center) where he held management positions in the Departments of Radiology and later, Medical Record Services.

He entered the opera field professionally in 1981, and has held management posts with the Virginia Opera, Baltimore Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera before joining Florida Grand Opera in 1993. During his 18 seasons with the Company, Mr. Moss has played an active role in the Opera’s Development, Marketing, and Public Relations initiatives.

In 2011, Mr. Moss became FGO’s Director of Broward Operations. In addition to managing Florida Grand Opera’s Broward County activities, Mr. Moss represents the Opera throughout the community and presents informative previews of the operas for ticket holders immediately before all performances in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Mr. Moss has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions on several occasions in the United States and Canada, and has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Opera Musical-Theater and Advancement programs.

He will have been married to Troy Moss, an Art Historian, for 35 years on November 16, 2012, during which time they have pursued their interests in music, art, literature, history, porcelain, and ancient coins.

Entries by Justin Moss

Take Them to Tosca!

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:15 PM

All of us have a desire to share things we love with people we care about. If our friends end up liking it too, we've managed to introduce them to something rewarding which they just may go on to enjoy for the rest of their lives. And it doesn't hurt...

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Engaging Children Through Costumes

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Although the season is over, Florida Grand Opera (FGO) continues its efforts to bring opera to the community through partnerships targeting local children with an interest in the arts. Director of Education Cerise Sutton and Head of Costuming Camilla Haith have spent the summer working with theater programs...

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Top 10 Operas That Make Me Proud to Be an American

(20) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Opera, which of course originated in Italy, caught on from country to country in its own time and in its own way. French, German, and Italian opera are all different in many ways and these differences reflect the national trends and tastes of their countries. American opera has struggled against...

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NBA Finals Brings Opera Companies Head-to-Head

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 3:46 PM

The closing of Game 2 in the NBA Finals created a tie between defending champions the Miami Heat and the four-time-title-winning San Antonio Spurs. With an even playing field laid out and growing expectations for both teams, it was the perfect time for two opera companies to arrange a friendly...

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Opera for Love Birds

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 2:21 PM

Whether you relate to star-crossed lovers or new found love, there's an aria or duet out there for everyone. In honor of Valentine's Day, here's an eclectic list of operatic selections consumed with the topic of love; some are popular pieces your sweetheart is sure to recognize while the more...

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Opera Art: Magic Flute Inspires Student Art Exhibit

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:59 PM

On January 24, 2013, students and invited donors filled the Ziff Ballet-Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. It was dress rehearsal night and excitement filled the hall as everyone prepared to take their seats for a preview of Florida Grand Opera's (FGO)...

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Renata Scotto's Dream for La Sonnambula

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 2:52 PM

The incomparable Maria Callas, known to many as "La Divina," made her mark in the opera world with her mastery of the bel canto style. In 1957, Milan's famous Teatro alla Scala presented a production of Bellini's La sonnambula at the Edinburgh Festival, with Callas as the star....

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The Voice and Beyond: A Master Class With Bernarda Fink

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Hailed as a "master of the disarming" with "deceptive simplicity" by the New York Times, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink honored Florida Grand Opera (FGO) by conducting a master class for its Young Artist Studio on November 20, 2012.

Fink has performed in the most famous opera houses from...

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Miami Children Take to the Operatic Stage

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 8:56 AM

It's a rare opportunity for a child to sing in an opera, since this art form normally calls for much more mature voices, typically starting training in their '20s or later. There are a few operas that feature a children's chorus, however, such as La bohème, which Florida Grand Opera...

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Opera Singers Dazzle at IKEA (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 9:12 AM

It's that time of year again -- the start of the arts season in Miami. As with any seasonal changes, there are visible signs; openings nights become a regular weekend activity and Random Acts of Culture* make a comeback.

On October 13, Florida Grand Opera partnered with Ikea Sunrise to...

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Arias for the Opera Virgin

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 3:38 PM

Opera can seem intimidating to some. Then again, anything unfamiliar can sometimes be off-putting. At one point in life, tying shoelaces probably appeared to be highly complex -- an impossible feat, even -- but now it's something you find natural and even indispensable. Many people have a similar experience with...

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Bye, Bye Fat Lady! Make Way for Opera's Sexiest Singers

(14) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 6:28 PM

"It' ain't over till the fat lady sings." We have all heard this popular allusion to the folly of rushing to judgment, and its accompanying image of the overweight soprano in braids and horned-helmet in the role of Wagner's Brünnhilde. It's commonly believed to refer to Wagner's Siegfried,...

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Opera in TV Commercials

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 7:50 AM

We've talked about the use of opera in movies and cartoons due to its ability to enhance the underlining emotion of a scene. When placed in the right context, and sometimes in the entirely wrong context, the use of opera makes for great comic moments. This...

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Opera in Cartoons

(22) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 8:57 AM

The first post I wrote talked about the prevalence of opera in movies due to its ability to communicate a wide range of emotions across language barriers. Opera is universal. Most people -- no matter their age, ethnicity or social standing -- have been exposed to some form...

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Opera in Movies

(15) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 1:00 PM

It's very common for opera newcomers to be surprised at their own familiarity with opera. How can you know the music if you've never been to the opera before? Simple -- it's everywhere! Opera is such a powerful driver of human emotion that it is often used in movies, TV...

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