International Stars and Florentine Opera Favorites Come Together for Viva Opera!
London’s acclaimed soprano Kate Royal makes her anticipated Milwaukee debut.
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—February 13, 2018— Celebrate opera’s greatest hits with the Florentine Opera at Viva Opera!, March 16 and 18 in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Hear the pure power of nationally and internationally acclaimed opera singers in this concert featuring some of the world’s best operatic pieces.
London’s Kate Royal makes her Milwaukee debut following appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, English National Opera and Royal Opera Covent Garden. Royal will be joined by baritone Keith Phares (Sister Carrie 2016, Three Decembers 2016, Elmer Gantry 2010) and soprano Rena Harms (Three Decembers 2016, Carmen 2012). They will also share the stage with other Florentine opera stars, the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for a night of big voices and big music.
This spectacular concert features favorite arias, ensembles, choruses and symphonic overtures from operas such as Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, The Pearl Fishers and many more. Works by Beethoven, Puccini, Mozart and other famous composers will take the audience through centuries of comedy, tragedy and romance.
“Both long time opera fans as well as new-comers will delight in a veritable smorgasbord of beloved operatic favorites,” said General Director William Florescu. “Maestro William Boggs will lead the forces of the Florentine Opera Chorus and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, joined by a stellar cast of soloists, led by world renowned soprano Kate Royal.”
Tickets may be purchased through the Florentine Opera Company online at www.florentineopera.org, by phone at (414) 291-5700 ext. 224 or in person at the Florentine Opera administrative office (930 E. Burleigh St. Lower Level). They may also be purchased through the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts at 929 N. Water St. or (414) 273-7206.
William Florescu – Director/Emcee
William Boggs – Conductor
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
THE FLORENTINE OPERA COMPANY
84 years of world-class opera in Milwaukee!
Grammy Award® winning. Three times.
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. 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 Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin (with support from the National Endowment for the Arts), as well as corporations, foundations and individuals. The Florentine Opera Company is an organizational member of OPERA America.
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Audiences will hear these pieces the way 17th century audiences did.