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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...
Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Florentine Opera’s modern classic

Many contemporary composers fail to realize that opera is not a play with music or a score for a film, but a hybrid drama using the full potential of the human voice to ignite emotions within the musical score that would otherwise remain unrealized. On the other hand, a libretto unsubstantiated by a distinctive score, which ignores or minimizes its interdependence with the vocal line, is one of the many pitfalls...
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009
For the second year in a row, the Florentine Opera Company welcomes young, talented vocalists to its 2009-2010 Florentine Opera Studio, a full season of artist-in-residence employment for exceptional singers beginning their professional careers. Joining the Florentine this season are soprano Sarah Jones of Columbus, Ohio, mezzo-soprano Julia Hardin...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Despite all the energy and excitement surrounding our city’s summer events, Milwaukeeans remain a frugal lot, demanding low-cost diversions during the all-too-short warm-weather season. Happily, there are free and low-cost entertainment and activities in spades this summer. Free for all...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Alterra Lakefront - 7 p.m.

Alterra Coffee Roasters’ lakefront location and the Florentine Opera team up for another installment of their Florentine at the Lake series tonight at 7 p.m. Let Florentine Opera’s chorus members serenade you with stunning arias as you relax in front of the expansive lakefront, sipping an iced, caffeinated . . .
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Classical Review

Vincenzo Bellini’s opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) is the kind of repertory rarity that lifetime opera fans might never encounter. And for good reason. It is not one of the best Bellini scores, nor is it a shining example of Italian opera of its era. So why did Florentine Opera, which only produces three operas each season, feel the need to produce it? The Florentine production, which played for three performances last weekend, was titled Romeo and Juliet. However, the opera is not particularly based on Shakespeare, but rather on Italian novella sources.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Salome on stage

Richard Strauss’ Salome is one of the world's great operas, combining the last remnants of 19th-century Romanticism with a ravishing score, seeped in late- Viennese tradition but with the bite of the emerging 20thcentury trend toward harsher realism. Strauss’ glorious score transforms the sexual decadence and social depravity of the source material into a breathtaking harmonic outpouring of frenzied erotic frustration that can only self-destruct, conjuring up the awesome trappings of “terror and pity” that underline Aristotelian tragedy. The music is expressively melodious and carefully banks its resources within a seductive yet surprisingly subdued lyricism. Salome encompasses the torrent of high drama while leaning only slightly toward . . .