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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Florentine Opera presents 'Idomeneo'

Regarded as Mozart's first great opera, Idomeneo was a remarkable breakthrough for the 24-year...
Monday, March 19, 2012
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 falsely...
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Carlisle Floyd's compelling American opera Susannah, to be performed by the Florentine Opera March 16 & 18 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, may come as a welcome surprise to those unfamiliar with the work. Composed in 1955...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Florentine Opera Company, in conjunction with Alterra Coffee, is continuing its “Florentine at the Lake” series this summer. The music offers a peek ahead at the company's 2011-2012 season. Expect to hear passionate yet dulcet bits of Puccini's Turandot, Mozart's Idomeneo...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Classical Preview

The operas of the Baroque period (1600-1759) were once a hard sell for music lovers accustomed to the greater realism and stronger story lines of later classic and romantic opera. Yet the beguiling appeal of the best Baroque operas can't be dismissed as charming relics of a world gone by. The treasures of the...
Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Milwaukee classical music fans are blessed to have so many options available to them, as this smattering of highlights from the new music season makes crystal clear. The Fine Arts Quartet opens its season with a classical masterpiece and two 20th-century works...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Classical Review

A bare stage is an odd and misguided trend at Florentine Opera. There was almost nothing to see in a Tosca production earlier in the season. Last weekend Rigoletto was more of the same. The audience saw a back gray wall made of large squares (some missing), a stairway, a platform and vast space that...
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Intense drama in Verdi’s first great opera

For many aficionados, Rigoletto serves as the blueprint for what a great opera is all about. It appeals equally to the most patrician and plebeian tastes, yet remains firmly rooted in the sultry, ribald warmth of Verdi’s Italian homeland, merging grassroots earnestness with blood-and-guts intensity. Its catchy melodies remain invulnerable to bad performances. Verdi is very much a man for those...

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