The Florentine Opera Returns to Festa Italiana!

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Florentine Opera Schedule on the Festa Stage

Friday, July 22: 7:30 p.m. Festa Stage

Saturday, July 23: 4:30 p.m. Festa Stage

Sunday, July 24: 2:30 p.m. Festa Stage


Festa Italiana is excited to welcome back The Florentine Opera as they perform each day at Festa! The Florentine Opera, the 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 two of Italian Operas greatest masterpieces – Act 4 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Act 3 of Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme.


A cast of some of this country’s leading young opera singers will be led by tenor Rodell Rosel, who in addition to performing regularly with the Florentine, has essayed featured roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera.  Mr. Rosel made quite a splash performing Italian favorites at last year’s Festa. The cast will be directed by the Florentine’s General Director, William Florescu with music direction by the Florentine’s Scott Stewart.


Complete with costumes, narrative and intermission, Festa audiences can sit back and enjoy the beautiful performance of The Florentine Opera!

Other Florentine Opera Performances

2016-2017 Florentine Opera Schedule

The 83rd Season of great opera from the Florentine begins October 7th & 9th with the world-premiere and professional recording of Sister Carrie, a tale of romance and betrayal.

This world-premiere production and professional recording of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s (Two-Time Grammy Award-winning creators of Elmer Gantry) new opera, Sister Carrie will take the stage of Uihlein Hall in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to launch our 83rd season of great opera.  Based on Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel (1900), the opera unveils the tortuous path to fame for a small town girl, as America industrialized and large segments of the rural populace flooded into an urban sea of humanity. Through rich melodies and brilliant libretto, Aldridge and Garfein have crafted an opera that brims and bustles with this monumental American moment.

October 7 and 9, 2016 • in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts



The 83rd Season continues with Romance Español, a romantic revue with the Florentine Opera Studio Artists.

Valentine’s Day weekend would not be complete without a tour of some of the most famed romantic cities. The Florentine Opera Studio Artists will deliver their musical valentine to you with Romance Español.  This revue is sure to warm the hearts of music lovers with the beauty of opera’s most beloved arias and songs inspired by Latin music and culture. Hosted by Bill Florescu and performed by the 2016-2017 Florentine Opera Studio Artists.

February 10, 11 & 12, 2017 • in the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall. 



The 83rd Season moves forward with W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

The quintessential rake, Don Giovanni, a womanizing scoundrel, executes his devious conquests and hijinks only to be called by the fates for his transgressions.  Da Ponte’s libretto and Mozart’s brilliant score reveal the human condition and all its foibles.  The Florentine is pleased to produce this revival of its 2006 production, which won rave reviews in Milwaukee and cities across the country.  This Florentine production is directed by John Hoomes, under the baton of the Florentine’s Joseph Rescigno with Scenic Design by Kris Stone and Lighting Design by the Florentine’s Noele Stollmack.
March 17 & 19, 2017 • in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts



The 83rd Season from the Florentine comes to a delightful close with Gioacchino Rossini’s Barber of Seville

Our comic hero, Figaro, takes a machiavellian center stage in the hilarious manipulations that unfold in this great operatic folly.  Deceptions and counter-deceptions frame Rossini’s frothy score in this delightful and adventurous romp.  From the first beautiful moment to the opera’s hilariously happy ending, audiences will be rapt by the score of one of the greatest comic operatic masterpieces.

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




Featuring the 2016-2017 Florentine Opera Studio Artists
All performances are held at the Wayne & Kristine Lueders Florentine Opera Center, 926 E. Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI 53212


An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan II

Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm, Friday, November 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm,
Saturday, November 21, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Our @ The Center Series begins with the triumphant return of our ever popular concert An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan,featuring the beautiful operettas and musical theatre works of this highly talented composer duo. The Florentine’s Studio Artists are joined by a cast of local talent bringing the mirthful merriment of classic G&S to life in this @ The Center Series concert revue.


Home for the Holidays

Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm, Friday, December 16, 2016 @ 7:30 pm ,
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
The Florentine Opera Studio Artists provide a prelude to the holidays with a concert of winter tunes and carols, reminding audiences of the joys of this festive time of year.


Florentine By Request

Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
The Florentine Opera Studio Artists provide a concert of operatic and musical theatre favorites selected by Florentine fan surveys.


After Dark

Friday, April 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
The Florentine Opera Studio Artists return for an @ the Center Season finale with Florentine After Dark. This concert will feature a program of German, French and American cabaret songs both familiar and fresh, in a relaxed atmosphere, expanding the musical horizons for Florentine audiences, both old and new.


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