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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

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“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

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Upcoming concerts this week include Canada’s Ensemble Caprice, Milwaukee Musaik, Master Singers of Milwaukee and Shen Yun. 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

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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

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On Oct. 7 and 9, the Florentine Opera Company presents the world premiere of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Sister Carrie, an opera based on the 1900 novel by Theodore Dreiser. Read more

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The Florentine Opera’s upcoming revue, “Vienna, City of My Dreams,” offers a nostalgic musical journey featuring a quartet of Florentine Studio Artists: Leroy Y. Davis, Thomas Leighton, Katherine Fili and Ariana Douglas; Feb. 12-14 at th... Read more

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Florentine Opera revives its Grammy-winning production of Elmer Gantry. Read more

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With love songs as the focus, the Florentine Opera Studio Artists will present a Valentine’s Day concert allowing audiences to hear how the European roots of America’s great contribution to the art form come to full bloom in the land of jaz... Read more

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In the small, high-ceilinged Florentine studio in Riverwest, a kind of chapel for opera, the audience sits within arm’s reach of the singers whose resonant voices penetrate Read more

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Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème is probably the world’s favorite opera, about romance within a group of impoverished young artists in Paris and the intrusion of tragic fatal illness. The music is so appealing and sympathetic that it will connec... Read more

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Within a 10-year span, Giacomo Puccini composed three of the most popular operas ever written, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and the even more captivating La Bohème Read more

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The Florentine Opera Company (930 E. Burleigh St.) invites audiences into their Riverwest studio to experience world-class opera free of fuss. The new @ The Center series offers affordable performances in an intimate, informal setting in th... Read more

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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

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Always enterprising in its efforts to offer new and varied productions, the Florentine Opera, having won Grammy awards for its world premiere recording of Rio de Sangre and its brilliant CD of Elmer Gantry, offers another departure from sta... 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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Regarded as Mozart's first great opera, Idomeneo was a remarkable breakthrough for the 24-year-old composer... Read more

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Terrible things befall innocent people in melodrama. By the end, evil is usually punished and the good guys rewarded or at least consoled. American composer Carlisle Floyd's 1955 opera Susannah tells the melodramatic story of a young woman ... Read more

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For many years, the Florentine Opera, one of Milwaukee's longest-running cultural institutions... Read more

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