Mozart’s great comic opera gets a lush production, and the company has plenty more to offer throughout its coming season as well. Read more

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Skylight Music Theatre prepares for its 60th season by announcing new leadership. Read more

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The Florentine Opera presents a beautifully performed adaptation of Monteverdi’s nearly 400-year-old opera. Read more

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Remembering Shepherd Express writer and Riverwest Radio host Steve Spice. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

A Kind of Murder The cloud of suspicion darkens over his head: Walter (Patrick Wilson) wishes his demented wife (Jessica Biel) was dead—and then she is in this film adapted from a Patricia Highst,Home Movies / Out On Digital Read more

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre peers into the world of aspiring singers Read more

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The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum serves as a classy home for an evening of song as Opera On Tap resonates through a beautiful space overlooking the lake early next week. Operetta and songs from Broadway will be performed in an atmosphere t.. Read more



Courtesy of South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

On Saturday, April 18, the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is hosting a multicultural smorgasbord of dance and music. As the name suggests, the second annual “Students Supporting Students – A Multicultural Extravaganza” will showcase the.. Read more

Visual Arts

Violin.Clarinets. Cello. A toy piano. It’s a stage adaptation of the story of achimpanzee. Lucy is further proof that local theatre has thepower to create new and fascinating projects without having to resort to stuffcreated elsewhere. It’s fi.. Read more


Not to be outdone by the many strays of Sochi, a homeless dog wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training camp in Arizona this week, where he was taken in by team staff and treated to a bath and a vet checkup. The rest, as they say, is P... Read more

Happening Now

One way of viewing Mozart’s operatic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro is as a landmark embodying the final glories of 18th-century classicism—a gleaming summation of “ancient regime” European aristocracy. Set on the Read more

A&E Feature

Opera is a rebuke to the dogma of realism; after all, no one sings the dialogue of his life, and key moments aren’t emphasized with the roll of kettledrums or a resounding swell of orchestration. Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker Read more


Rachmaninoff’s music always feels emotionally restless. Whether melancholy or agitated, it inevitably longs for some undefined otherness. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra played an all Rachmaninoff concert last Friday Read more

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Robert Ashley’s opera Perfect Lives was featured in Peter Greenaway’s documentary 4 American Composers after enjoying a long career at the cutting edge of musical theater. Ashley will perform his Lectures to Be Read more

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One of the founding fathers of German Romanticism, Carl Maria von Weber, is today best remembered for his seminal opera, Der Freischutz (1821). Weber was the quintessential Romantic artist, turning to myth, folklore, Read more

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Bizet’s Carmen has such a surefire story and score that any performance is almost guaranteed to impact an audience. It was the composer’s music that carried an unexciting and sometimes dull rendition at Florentine Read more

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“Carmen is a woman meant only for love and death.” These were the ominous words that Prosper Merimee used to describe the coarse Gypsy character he authored in his grungy 1845 novella. Yet Carmen’s name would soon... Read more

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) kicks off its season with four intimate performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. MOT’s production brings opera to a broader audience, as it moves throughout southeastern... Read more

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Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) completes its season with an exciting new production of Gilbert and Sullivan's 1882 comic operetta Iolanthe. Presented in partnership with Carroll University, Iolanthe marks MOT's first foray into the world... Read more

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Idomeneo, Mozart's early masterwork, was potential largely unrealized in the Florentine Opera last weekend. Almost all the principals in the cast sang well, and the amazing score was there, demanding to be heard. Still, it wasn't enough to ... Read more

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