Florentine Opera Company
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Florentine Opera’s New @ The Center Series

2014 will continue with offerings of @ The Center at the Wayne and Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center.

By - Feb 25th, 2014 11:27 am

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin— February 18, 2014— The Florentine Opera Company continues its brand new concert series, @ The Center. Made possible through the generous support of the Getty Foundation’s Building Opera Audiences grant program and Opera America’s The Opera Fund for Repertoire Development, the series is part of the Florentine’s continuing community outreach expansion, and will consist of six weekends (Friday and Saturday evenings) of in-studio performances at the Wayne and Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center. The first four of these events showcased the 2013-2014 Florentine Opera Studio Artists—Julie Tabash (soprano), Erin Gonzalez (mezzo-soprano), Aaron Short (tenor), and Pablo Siqueiros (baritone)—featuring a sampling of repertoire from opera classics to cabaret hits and holiday songs. The final two concerts will include a recital by Florentine Studio Artist Program alumnus Scott Johnson and a workshop performance of Sister Carrie, a new opera in the making by Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein, composer and librettist of two-time Grammy Award-winning Elmer Gantry.

The Alumni Recital on April 11 and 12, 2014 will bring 2010-2011 Studio Artist Scott Johnson back to the Florentine ­– providing a singular opportunity to check-in with one of the Florentine’s celebrated rising stars. This recital will feature selections performed by Scott Johnson, prior to his return to the Florentine stage in May, 2014, in the role of Schaunard in La Bohème.

Through the generous support of the Getty Foundation and Opera America’s Opera Fund, the series will culminate on May 23 and 24, 2014 in a workshop performance of Sister Carrie, a new opera by Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein. The composer and librettist of two-time Grammy Award-winning Elmer Gantry have adapted another classic American novel, Theodore Dreiser’s 1900 Sister Carrie. These talented artists bring the story of Caroline Meeber, a young woman from rural Wisconsin whose world changes fundamentally as she faces dilemmas of physical and spiritual survival when she moves to Chicago, to a new audience @ The Center.

TICKETS

Single ticket prices begin at just $15 with ‘Friday Evening’ and ‘Saturday Evening’
@ The Center ticket packages from just $75. @ The Center subscription reservations begin TODAY!!! with single ticket sales beginning August 19, 2013.  For more information on ordering ticket packages visit www.florentineopera.org or call (414) 291-5700 ext. 224 or 1-800-32 OPERA.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

WHAT:                

The Florentine Opera Alumni Recital

WHEN:                

Friday, April 11, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

WHERE:             

Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center

926 E Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

CAST:                  

Scott Johnson

WHAT:                

Sister Carrie: A Workshop Performance

WHEN:                

Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 24, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

WHERE:             

Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center
926 E Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

ABOUT THE FLORENTINE OPERA COMPANY

The Florentine Opera Company’s productions reflect the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs. As a leader in Wisconsin’s art community and the nation’s sixth-oldest opera company, the Florentine Opera seeks to establish a significant presence in the cultural, educational and civic life of the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Audiences enjoy beautiful mainstage productions that include first-rate vocal artistry brought to life by established and emerging international, national and local opera stars. With a foundation of fiscal responsibility, the company continues to grow its artistic and educational programs. Through its outreach and in-school educational programming, the Florentine provides vital arts education experiences for children, nurtures new audiences, and expands cultural horizons for the next generation. The Florentine Opera is a cornerstone member organization of the United Performing Arts Fund and receives funds from the Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin, as well as support from corporations, foundations and individuals. The Florentine Opera Company is a member of Opera America.

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