Talk Opera

Corliss Phillabaum, Professor of Theater at UW Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, talks about each opera in-depth one hour before curtain prior to each mainstage performance for all ticket holders. Professor Phillabaum keeps Florentine audiences returning to the Magin Lounge, for his unique perspective at each opera’s lecture. Talk Opera is FREE with each ticket purchase.

Click the links below for two performance companion pieces for Die Fledermaus:

Die Fledermaus has been recorded and filmed time and time again, and a large number of these performances are available on DVD or CD. Most are performed in the original German, with subtitles on the DVD editions. With CD editions, a libretto with English translation is essential for full enjoyment, particularly when the recording includes the spoken dialogue, even when it is, as usual, abridged.

The links below will take you to the DVD and CD sections of this review. In each section, my top recommendations appear first, followed by discussions of other available versions.

  1. For a review of DVD recordings, click here
  2. For a review of CD recordings, click here


Opera Insights

Opera Insights are FREE presentations given by Corliss Phillabaum, Professor of Theater at UW Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts at the Wauwatosa Public Library (7635 West North Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53213) . Opera Insights take a closer look at the upcoming opera performance. Each 45-minute program contains a detailed synopsis, background on the opera and live musical selections preformed by the Florentine Opera Studio Artists. Attendees are treated to arias, duets and small ensembles performed by Florentine Opera Chorus members.
@ Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 West North Ave, Wauwatosa