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Caballero to Perform At Zeani's 90th Birthday

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Elizabeth Caballero will be performing at a 90th birthday celebration in Ft. Lauderdale for the legendary opera star Virginia Zeani on October 22.

“For those who love Opera, this will be a spectacular night to remember,” enthused opera and entertainment Impresario William Riddle, Founder and Executive Director of the Venetian Arts Society.  “We will celebrate the 90th birthday of Virginia Zeani, a truly Legendary International Star of Opera.  Mme. Zeani and those attending this special evening will be dazzled by a performance by Elizabeth Caballero, one of the world’s premier Opera Prima Donnas!  What a night this will be!!” The first UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL concert of the 5th season is planned for Thursday, October 22nd at the NSU Museum of Art at #1 East Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  h!

Riddle is unique in that he presents a wide range of performing artists at his Grand Salons that have included Broadway and cabaret luminary Avery Sommers, International Chopin Competition Winner Margarita Shevchenko, Jazz sensation, Nicole Henry and Cey Adams, founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings who is known for his work with LL Cool J, Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige.  William also presents emerging talent like singer/songwriters Samantha Natalie and Leesa Richards, who performing in a supper/club program entitled “I’m Every Woman” at Mojo Restaurant on Thursday, September 24th.

“Mme. Zeani, born in 1925 in Solvastru, Romania, became one of Italy’s most celebrated and appreciated artists during the 1950s and a contemporary of such artists as Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland.  Mme. Zeani is legendary for performing the role of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata a record 648 times and the major roles in 69 operas in 9 languages in her 35 year performing career!” explained Gloria Lafont, Vice President of the Venetian Arts Society.

“This will be the first time that I will be performing in South Florida since May 2014!,” Ms. Caballero said.  “Lots of my Miami and Cuban/American friends and fans keep asking me when I will perform there again.  So, to be honored to sing at this 90th birthday celebration with Ms. Zeani in the audience is a dream come true for me.”  Born in Havana, Cuba, Ms. Caballero emigrated to the United States via the Mariel Boatlift and grew up in Miami.  She studied piano as a child and later studied voice at Miami-Dade Community College and earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She participated in the Young Artist Program of Florida Grand Opera and was an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera.  Ms. Caballero played to an enthusiastic standing-room-only audience at Carnegie Hall on June 14th.

Guests attending the Elizabeth Caballero performance will begin the evening with an elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres social in the Breezeway of the Museum from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., followed by the concert in the Auditorium.  Following the concert, guests who have will have the opportunity of meeting Ms. Zeani and Ms. Caballero “… up close and personal” at private "Champagne Birthday Toast” in the main lobby of Museum of Art immediately following the Salon Concert and will have their photos take with the two opera stars.  


Tickets are $30.00 per person/$35.00 at the door for members.  Non-Members are $50.00 and $55.00 at the door.  




Proceeds from all VAS events benefit the Broward Health Foundation, Nova Southeastern University Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute of Cancer Research; to research and find a cure for cancer and to care for and support those in our community battling cancer and Venetian Arts Society, as we work to heal with the arts!

For information, visit, call William Riddle at (954) 709-7447 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Clifford Cunningham

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist. He earned his PhD in the history of astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. In 2014 he was named a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of 14 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honor in 1990 by the International Astronomical Union based on the recommendation of its bureau located at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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