ANNOUNCING THE FLORENTINE OPERA’S 2015-16 SEASON

  “The next season of opera by the Florentine and a romantic concert revue comprise 2015-2016–This is the story behind the 82nd Season!” THE IRON HORSE HOTEL IN MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, 7:30PM, March 25, 2015—The Florentine Opera Company General Director William Florescu announced the nation’s sixth oldest opera company’s 82nd season with a ‘grand reveal party’: […]

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Elmer Gantry–What a Subject for an Opera!


by: Corliss Phillabaum corliss@uwm.edu Note: One of the sad realities of opera production today is that when we see a successful new opera, we hardly ever get a chance to see it again—and in many cases it is rarely staged again. Elmer Gantry has already broken the repeat staging barrier with some seven productions so […]

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Revival—Elmer Gantry Returns!


By Leann Davis Alspaugh Oral Roberts is said to have burst through his front door one day, shouting “Fix me a steak, I’ve just seen Jesus!” The charismatic televangelist, who died in 2009, had an appetite for fiery sermons and faith healings, but it was his reliance on the collection plate that really aggravated his […]

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A WORLD PREMIERE CHILDREN’S OPERA TOUR BEGINS WITH THE FLORENTINE OPERA 2014-2015 STUDIO ARTISTS

A News Brief: The Florentine’s Artist-in-Residence program returns for a seventh season with newly commissioned children’s opera by John Davies MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin— January 3, 2015—The 2014-2015 Florentine Opera Studio Artists: Julie Tabash (soprano) of St. Louis, MO; Lindsay Metzger (mezzo-soprano) of Mundelein, IL; Aaron Short (tenor) of Kansas City, MO; and Pablo Siqueiros (baritone) of […]

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Corliss Philabaum on Carlisle Floyd Recordings

The Operas of Carlisle Floyd on CD and DVD by Corliss Phillabaum corliss@uwm.edu Although Carlisle Floyd’s operas have been widely staged, including major productions by the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, the availability of his work on commercial recordings is spotty. Only Susannah has been given a studio recording by a major label, […]

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