The Florentine Opera Returns to Festa Italiana!

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Florentine Opera Schedule on the Bartolotta Restaurant Group Stage:

Friday, July 21: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 22: 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 23: 1:30 p.m.


Festa Italiana is excited to welcome back The Florentine Opera as they perform each day at Festa! The Florentine Opera, the three-time Grammy® Award-winning and sixth oldest professional opera company in America (and founded by John David Anello as the Italian Opera Chorus in 1933 in the Third Ward) will return to its roots by performing acts from opera’s greatest masterpieces live onstage.


A cast of some of this country’s leading young opera singers will perform some of opera’s greatest arias and songs- directed by Florentine’s General Director, William Florescu with musical direction by the Florentine’s Scott Stewart.


Festa audiences can sit back and enjoy the world-class performance of The Florentine Opera!

 Other Florentine Opera Events


Florentine Off Stage: Barber of Seville– A Hair-Raising Event at Robert Laurence Salon

The Florentine Opera is partnering with Robert Laurence Salon to promote the Barber of Seville, and to help Children with Hair Loss.


Enjoy a glass of wine, listen to fantastic music, and donate your hair for a good cause. Whether you’re a seasoned opera fan or this is your first opera, Off Stage is a perfect way to experience live music, fantastic food and great company in a relaxed environment- while giving back. Professional hair stylists will be on hand for anyone willing to donate their hair (8 inches or more) to the charity Children with Hair Loss. For the gentlemen, stylists will offer beard and mustache trims for $15 (additional cost). All proceeds from the beard and mustache trims will go to the Florentine Opera. You don’t need to get a trim to attend the event. Enjoy appetizers, mingle with the cast, learn more about the Florentine’s production of The Barber of Seville, and join us in a casual Q&A with a cast member.


The Florentine Opera Studio Artists will perform some of our favorite numbers from the Barber of Seville. 

Appetizers and beverages (wine, beer, soda) included.


Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Robert Laurence Hair Studio Inc., 4060 North Oakland Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53211



Figaro! Figaro! Fiiiii-garoh! – The 83rd Season from the Florentine comes to a delightful close with Gioacchino Rossini’s Barber of Seville

Opera’s most famous barber takes center stage at Seville’s matchmaker in the most hilarious of operatic follies. Will the young and handsome Count win the hand of beautiful Rosina? Or, will devious Dr. Bartolo trick her into marriage? Mistaken identities, deceptions and counter-deceptions abound in this amorous romp. Rossini’s score is a veritable highlight reel of beautiful music for each of our stars, chorus, and orchestra. Ah, bravo Figaro! Performances feature the highly anticipated American debut of internationally acclaimed Mezzo-soprano Carol Garcia, American tenor Taylor Stayton and Mexican American Baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco.

May 5 & 7, 2017 in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts



The 84th Season of great opera from the Florentine begins on October 20 and 22, 2017 with The Merry Widow.

Alyson Cambridge returns to the Florentine stage in her role debut as Hanna Glawari, the opulently wealthy widow delighting in her life in Paris as suitors line up for her favor. Acclaimed baritone and Florentine favorite Corey McKern returns in the role of Danilo, along with Tenor Cody Austin making his Florentine debut as Camille. The classic production of Lehar’s greatest operetta features a phenomenal cast join by the Florentine Opera Chorus in an exciting collaboration with the dancers and orchestra of the Milwaukee Ballet Company.

General Director William Florescu will direct this season’s headliner in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.



The season continues on Jan. 26, 28, 31 & Feb. 2 & 4, 2018 with a Baroque double bill, bringing Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Virgil’s Aeneid to life.

Venus and Adonis/Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and John Blow. This sublimely beautiful pair of English one-act operas blend perfectly into one evening. General Director William Florescu stages a cast led by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy in the role of Dido, with soprano Alisa Jordheim as Venus/Belinda, and mezzo-soprano Colleen Brooks as the Sorceress. Dancer/choreographer Dani Kuepper brings fresh movement to this early operatic masterpiece. World-renowned harpsichordist and conductor Jory Vinikour leas an authentic Baroque ensemble.



The season takes a lead forward from the early music era to new works with a regional premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players recorded live for the first time March 16 & 18, 2018 in Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

National Medal of Arts Composer Carlisle Floyd joins us for his latest opera, based on Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage play, Compleat Female Stage Beauty (1999)


A king’s edict threatens the livelihood and identity of an actor and changes the course of English theater in Floyd’s operatic adaptation of a true story. Acclaimed baritone Keith Phares sings the pivotal role of Edward Kynaston, an idol in London’s Restoration-era theater, famous for his flawless portrayal of female roles. In a twist of fates, King Charles II grants women the right to appear onstage while forbidding men from performing as women, leading to Kynaston’s personal journey and transformation. Carlisle Floyd’s newest creation features a highly talented cast of singing actors, led by director Michael Gieleta, with the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boggs.


Commissioned and premiered by Houston Grand Opera in 2016.




The original Florentine production of Mozart’s operatic fantasy delights audiences with its tuneful and mystical journey May 11 & 13, 2018. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute comes to the stage of Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Join acclaimed Danish tenor David Danholt as Prince Tamino, with Will Liverman as Papageno the bird-catcher as they embark on an epic quest. The two endeavor to rescue the beautiful Pamina (Florentine favorite soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine), daughter of the evil Queen of the Night (Argentinian soprano Laura Pisani in her Florentine debut). Their journey leads them to the temple of Sarastro (bass-baritone Jeff Beruan). This original and evocative Florentine production brings Mozart’s magical score to life with a young and dynamic cast. Maestro Joesph Rescigno leads the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.




The 84th Season single ticket prices begin at just $30 with ‘Friday evening’ and ‘Sunday matinee’ season ticket packages from under $72- $685. ‘Quartets’, ‘Trios’ and ‘Duets’ are also available. New subscription sales begin March 15, 2017 and single ticket sales begin July 15, 2017. For more information on ordering ticket packages visit or call (414) 291- 5700 ext. 224.


Visit or call 1 800 32 OPERA TODAY to reserve your subscription for our Mainstage Series and the next @ THE CENTER Series!




All performances are held at the Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center, 926 E. Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI 53212


An Evening of Great Opera

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 7:30 pm,

Saturday, June 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


This delightful concert at our Riverwest Opera Center is a thank you to the Florentine @ The Center audience and the Milwaukee community. The 2017- 2018 @ The Center Series will be revealed at this concert revue with the Florentine’s highly talented artists.


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