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Young Patronesses Of The Opera, or YPO, is
one of the oldest arts organizations in South
Florida, celebrating 60 years of bringing opera to
elementary school children of all walks of life.
TEX T BY FR ANCESCA CRUZ
YPO is the only organization in existence in South Florida that
brings live opera right to the classroom. Every year, 30,000 school
children partake in YPO’s opera programs. An artform that was
contrived in 16th Century Italy, one doesn’t usually associate
children with classical opera. Many of the kids who have taken
part in the program have gone on to study the genre; others who
saw the performances as children have become members of YPO
in hopes of keeping the programs that are fostering the next
generation of opera lovers and performers alive. The programs
are funded through YPO’s annual gala, “Diamonds & Divas” with
profits helping to procure grants. To get involved, contact Michele
Reese at 305.394.3260 or visit YPO.org.