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Bill Florescu

Bill Florescu, general director of the Florentine Opera Company.

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The Florentine Opera Releases Additional Details on the Resignation of William Florescu
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The Florentine Opera Releases Additional Details on the Resignation of William Florescu

We wish to make clear that Mr. Florescu’s resignation was related to his violation of the Florentine Opera’s policies and prohibitions concerning sexual misconduct.

Classical: ‘Magic Flute’ Boasted Strong Cast
Classical

‘Magic Flute’ Boasted Strong Cast

But Florentine’s staging sometimes seemed at odds with its singers.

Florentine Opera Announces the Resignation of William Florescu, General Director
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Florentine Opera Announces the Resignation of William Florescu, General Director

The Florentine has commenced a search for Mr. Florescu’s replacement to begin the 2018/2019 season.

Florentine Opera to perform a family-friendly production of Mozart’s <em>The Magic Flute</em>
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Florentine Opera to perform a family-friendly production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Originally written in German, this Florentine production will be performed in English to be accessible to audiences of all ages.

Classical: Florentine Offers Opera’s Greatest Hits
Classical

Florentine Offers Opera’s Greatest Hits

And the result is a lovely showcase of great songs and great performers.

International Stars and Florentine Opera Favorites Come Together for <em>Viva Opera!</em>
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International Stars and Florentine Opera Favorites Come Together for Viva Opera!

London’s acclaimed soprano Kate Royal makes her anticipated Milwaukee debut.

Florentine Opera Company to Receive a $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
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Florentine Opera Company to Receive a $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Grant to support the world premiere live recording and production of Carlisle Floyd’s latest American Opera, Prince of Players

Classical: Florentine Offers Unique Baroque Showcase
Classical

Florentine Offers Unique Baroque Showcase

Two operas with music that’s lean, direct and highly emotional.

Classical: Home for the Holidays in Riverwest
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Home for the Holidays in Riverwest

Florentine’s young artists perform holiday favorites in popular annual show.

Donald and Donna Baumgartner make $1.5 million gift to the Florentine Opera
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Donald and Donna Baumgartner make $1.5 million gift to the Florentine Opera

Gift will support the Studio Artist program

Classical: The Not Always ‘Merry Widow’
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The Not Always ‘Merry Widow’

Florentine production has low and high points, as third act delivers the fun.

The Florentine Opera announces new concert, Viva Opera! A celebration of opera’s greatest hits
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The Florentine Opera announces new concert, Viva Opera! A celebration of opera’s greatest hits

Postpones previous announced production of Prince of Players

Classical: A Most Happy “Barber of Seville”
Classical

A Most Happy “Barber of Seville”

Musically great, but the staging missed the mark.

Classical: A Couple Regular Guys Do Opera
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A Couple Regular Guys Do Opera

The two stars of Florentine’s ‘Barber of Seville’ are as down-to- earth as you can get.

Wisconsin Governor declares Maestro Joseph Rescigno Day across the state
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Wisconsin Governor declares Maestro Joseph Rescigno Day across the state

This spring, Joseph Rescigno is celebrating his 35th anniversary with the Florentine Opera.

Classical: Florentine Goes Big Next Season
Classical

Florentine Goes Big Next Season

Expanding to four productions with a very unusual mix of shows.

Classical: Florentine’s ‘Sister Carrie’ Is a Triumph
Classical

Florentine’s ‘Sister Carrie’ Is a Triumph

World premiere boasts strong score, great cast, uneven drama.

Plenty of Horne: Inside New Jan Serr Studio at UWM
Plenty of Horne

Inside New Jan Serr Studio at UWM

Doors Open site will also host Milwaukee Film Festival Party.

Board Extends General Director Contract for William Florescu
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Board Extends General Director Contract for William Florescu

Florentine Opera Company Board of Directors extends contract for existing General Director by five years.

Classical: How Do I Leave This Family?
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How Do I Leave This Family?

Florentine Opera offers new opera, ‘Three Decembers,’ all about a troubled American family.

Classical: The Family That Sings Together
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The Family That Sings Together

Florentine Opera’s “Three Decembers” is heartfelt look at a family with an absent dad.

Florentine Opera Brings Milwaukee Premiere of ‘Three Decembers’ in March 2016
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Florentine Opera Brings Milwaukee Premiere of ‘Three Decembers’ in March 2016

Tickets start at just $30 and can be purchased online or by calling the Florentine’s Box Office at (414) 291-5700 ext. 224.

NEA-Art Works awards $35,000 to The Florentine Opera to support the world premiere and professional recording of Sister Carrie by composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein for the fall of 2016
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NEA-Art Works awards $35,000 to The Florentine Opera to support the world premiere and professional recording of Sister Carrie by composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein for the fall of 2016

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction.

Florentine Opera Company receives $50,000 Bader Philanthropies Grant to promote new program, Opera for All!
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Florentine Opera Company receives $50,000 Bader Philanthropies Grant to promote new program, Opera for All!

“Opera for All! will expand the Florentine’s reach in the community,” said General Director William Florescu.

Classical: Florentine’s Butterfly is Uneven
Classical

Florentine’s Butterfly is Uneven

Nothing new in this interpretation, but most of the soloists were quite strong.

Classical: Gorgeous Music, Gorgeous Performer
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Gorgeous Music, Gorgeous Performer

Florentine’s 'Madame Butterfly' offers America's most popular opera with rising star Alyson Cambridge.

The 82nd Season of World Class Opera From the Florentine Begins With Giacomo Puccini’s MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Milwaukee Architecture: A City of Theaters
Milwaukee Architecture

A City of Theaters

Since the 19th century’s German language playhouses, the city has built and renovated countless facilities for theater.

Murphy’s Law: Has School Choice Led to Less Arts Funding?
Murphy’s Law

Has School Choice Led to Less Arts Funding?

Donations to arts groups have plummeted while giving to education has soared. Why?