About MLO


It is a great honor for me to introduce Miami Lyric Opera, a company created to satisfy operatic needs of Opera lovers in the Miami area and to provide an accessible alternative for the enjoyment of the marvelous magic of the Opera.

MLO was officially created as a Non Profit Corporation (IRS code 501 c, 3 in 2004 as but operating as an opera group since two years before the Community Theater Manuel Artime and other venues in Little Havana, Miami. Few years later the company made its official home at The Colony Theater in Miami Beach until 2017. During those years MLO produced operatic events simultaneously at Historical Theater in Miami as well as Miami Beach’s Band Shell and other. In 2017 MLO made its home as resident opera company, at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) state of the arts venue located I Cutler Bay, South Miami. Being a low budget opera company, Miami Lyric Opera has recognized by the media and public at large for the quality of its productions, artistic level and contribution to the arts to the community. To this date, MLO has [produced 23 opera titles, more than 220 operatic performances and the formation of dozens of young artists now performing at National and International stages. Since then, year after year MLO has successfully presented over 20 different opera titles based on the Italian and French repertoire accumulating over 100 performances in South Florida which provided opportunities to a long list of local and international artists.

The Covid 19 pandemic affecting the entire world, has not spared the arts, MLO as well most of the opera companies, have suffered its traumatic consequences forcing us to stop producing events and appearance in public since the beginning of 2020. We believe and hope that the pandemic should be progressively controlled allowing the live performances returning to their public as normality is back. We all need that.

MLO’s immediate goals

  • Closeness

    To provide opera to the community by presenting free performances to the public, educational institutions, parks and recreation facilities, through the support of Miami Dade County, City of Miami and City of Miami Beach.

  • Showing

    To showcase operas for commercial not-for-profit venues.

  • Culture

    To allow the public an opportunity to discover opera and its rich history.

  • Stage

    To provide young gifted artists an opportunity to develop and exhibit their voices in public performances in South Florida.

Our Commitment

MLO is committed to provide classical opera to the public at reasonable prices, to educate, encourage and create opportunities for young talent for the community with the support of the community.

Sincerely,
Raffaele Cardone
General & Artistic Director