Purchased for$ 6.8 million, the ten-year-old building will undergo a $1.5 million renovation for a new rehearsal hall, coaching studios, costume storage and a music library. Spearheading this effort are Cabrera Ramos Architects, Inc. and acoustician Joseph W.A. Myers of the Chicago-based firm Kirkegaard & Associates.
By mid-September, the location will house FGO's administrative and box offices.
The new building is actually an interim facility; FGO plans to construct a new facility next to Carnival Center for the Performing Arts on land that was bought in 1994. The future Anderson Opera Center, named after a late board member, will have three rehearsal halls, coaching and practice rooms, administrative and technical offices, costume and wig shops, storage, a music library and housing for season artists and members of the Young Artist Studio. A 485-seat theater and a parking garage are also planned.
FGO currently performs a 35-week season in the Carnival Center's Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House; the company also performs at the Broward center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.