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Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Florentine Opera brings magic to Verdi’s classic

The Florentine Opera’s beautiful production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata was a crowd-pleasing success. It takes a certain magic to bring together all the elements of this subtle masterpiece, which requires exceptional acting skills to match the aesthetic demands of the score. Thanks to Director 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Florentine Opera’s Near-Perfect Finale

 The Florentine Opera’s season finale, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, was an unqualified delight. Not only was it a tribute to this gentlest of the great composers, but a reminder that the tendency to “reinvent” operatic
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
 Tune In: The fun first anniversary celebration of Riverwest Radio at the Polish Falcon Hall included music by Paul Cebar and Mike Fredrickson and delicious potluck, highlighted by a home-baked cake by the organization’s
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
 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
Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Florentine Opera brings the masterpiece to the stage

 “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...
Monday, June 25, 2012
On the Boulevard: A delightful evening of words and wine —“Verse and Vino”—raised funds for the irrepressible Boulevard Theatre, celebrating its “first” 26 years. The expansively beautiful Zimmerman Architectural Studios in the Menomonee...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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 make...
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...

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