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The acclaim of Vertigo as the top film of the 20th century by the British Film Institute added a new wrinkle to the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock; he’s now recognized as a master filmmaker who delved into the vagaries of human nature. Read more

Film

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Photo Credit: Carlisle Floyd

An interview with composer Carlisle Floyd about his opera Prince of Players, which will open the Florentine Opera’s season this month. Read more

A&E Feature

Steven Spielberg’s historical legacy leaves something to be desired; even his finest films seem too reticent, somewhat lacking the ultimate sense of aesthetic cohesion that completely satisfies. Read more

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Photo Credit: Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films

The Magic Flute is a gentle opera beguiling in its warm simplicity, seemingly less complex than the composer’s other stage work but requiring a cast with whom audiences wild easily identify. Read more

Classical Music

“This production of The Magic Flute reprieves our 2009 production and remains colorful and picturesque in keeping with the spirit of Mozart’s sublime work,” says Florentine Opera’s William Florescu, though they will give it “a new original slant." Read more

A&E Feature

Two seldom-performed Baroque English operas were given a richly dramatic performance by the Florentine Opera. Read more

Classical Music

For David Lean the camera was as vital a part of the storytelling process as the screenplay itself. Films like Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago prove the director’s time-tested prowess. Read more

A&E Feature

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Photo credit: Michael Brosilow

The company’s production provides stunning sets expressing the spirit of 19th-century Charles Dickens’ London with eye-popping special effects. Read more

Theater

The Florentine Opera’s season opener, Franz Lehár’s operetta masterpiece, The Merry Widow, turned out to be something of a mixed bag of delights offering a series of delightful plot and musical confections. Read more

Classical Music

An appreciation of the film career of Barbara Stanwyck. Read more

A&E Feature

The Florentine Opera Company took on the classic Barber of Seville with success. Read more

Classical Music

In the final analysis, one must question writer Poley Tealle’s misguided application of Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre, which Tealle tampered with to reinvent it in up-to-date terms. It’s an unnecessary endeavor as the novel stands on its own. Read more

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The creative versatility of the Florentine Opera’s programming is a living testament to opera as a living art form. Opening this season with the world premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Sister Carrie, they will close 2016-2017 with the ever-popu... Read more

A&E Feature

The Florentine Opera’s production of Don Giovanni was a rousing tribute to one of Mozart’s most sophisticated operas. Creative staging intrigued the audience from the outset as mummified maidens c,Classical Music and Dance Read more

Classical Music

The Florentine Opera restages its successful 2006 production of Mozart’s classic Don Giovanni at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, March 17 and 19. Read more

A&E Feature

By what mercurial process did Alfred Hitchcock, the acknowledged master of suspense, gradually morph into one of the most-revered cinematic auteurs, beloved of critics and moviegoers alike and offering a constant source of inspiration as we... Read more

A&E Feature

Steve Spice examines the cinematic output of Orson Welles. Read more

A&E Feature

The Skylight Music Theatre’s season closer, Pirates of Penzance, burst across the stage with comic energy. It boasts brilliant direction from Shawna Lucey, fantastic production elements and exemplary vocal chops from all performers. Read more

Theater

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Photo by Kathy Wittman

On Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m. the Wisconsin Philharmonic will present Peter and the Wolf at the Shattuck Music Center, preceded at 2 p.m. by an “instrumental petting zoo,” during which “children may try all sorts of orchestral instruments.... Read more

Classical Music

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss II’s signature operetta, captures that lilting flavor of late-19th-century Vienna as a gracious, aristocratic paradise of waltzes and champagne. The Florentine Opera presents the piece May 13 and 15 at Uihlein... Read more

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