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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.

By - May 17th, 2018 03:19 pm
William Florescu. Photo courtesy of the Florentine Opera Company.

William Florescu. Photo courtesy of the Florentine Opera Company.

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—May 17, 2018 Since the announcement of William Florescu’s resignation from the Florentine Opera Company on May 9, 2018, we have received information previously unknown to the company regarding Mr. Florescu’s conduct in the workplace. Having learned this additional information, we feel that greater transparency is critical in order to move forward with promoting the positive work culture that we expect. For that reason, 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.

We take any complaint of such misconduct seriously, investigate it thoroughly and impartially and act with purpose and urgency to hold those who violate the values of the Florentine Opera accountable.

The Florentine Opera remains committed to providing a safe, positive and rewarding work environment and one that encourages collaboration and creativity among all employees and artists.

THE FLORENTINE OPERA COMPANY
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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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