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See a rare baroque double-bill with period instruments: Venus & Adonis/Dido & Aeneas

The Florentine Opera will present a rare baroque double-bill with period instruments: John Blow’s Venus & Adonis and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  Performances on January 26 (7:30 PM), 27 (7:30PM), & 28 (2:30PM), 2018 at the Wilson Theatre at Vogel Hall, in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. MILWAUKEE, Wis.—December 6, 2017— Myths come […]

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The Florentine spreads festive cheer this season

By Kelly Schlicht, Development Manager ‘Tis the season when, as legend has it, Santa is readying his workshop in the North Pole for holiday joys. Here in Riverwest, the Florentine Opera’s Studio Artists and Chorusmaster Scott Stewart are working just as hard to prepare musical gifts for all of Milwaukee this season. “We actually prepare […]

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

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2017 Photos available upon request CONTACT: Eric Lind Director of Advancement 414/291.5700 Ext. 225 • Donald and Donna Baumgartner make $1.5 million gift to the Florentine Opera Gift will support the Studio Artist program MILWAUKEE, Wis.—November 27, 2017— Donald and Donna Baumgartner, long-time donors and champions of the […]

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Featured Artist

Ashley Puenner

Ashley Puenner is from Crystal Lake, Illinois and recently earned a Master of Music from the University of Kansas. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University. Recent highlights include: Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and Carmen in The Tragedy of Carmen; Ashley has also appeared as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and a staged concert version of Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles. Pursuing an avid interest in newly composed music, she has premiered works by several composers including Emile Naoumoff and Forrest Pierce, along with commissioning a song cycle by American composer Nathan Jones (Six Qabbani Love Songs).

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