Florentine Opera Company Education & Community Outreach Overview

The mission of the Florentine Opera Company Education Department is to make opera more inviting and accessible to communities in Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin by:

  • Educating students and the community about opera and career opportunities within opera an the arts
  • Providing opera introduction and continuing education events for adults
  • Providing professional development opportunities for young artists

Program Overview

Florentine Opera Company programs reach a broad spectrum of individuals throughout Metro Milwaukee, southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Each year the Florentine Opera is committed to serving the Greater Milwaukee area with arts programming. Last year, nearly 20,000 students and individuals benefited from Florentine Opera programs. These programs provide a vital addition to local arts education—both in the classroom and on the stage. The Florentine Opera Company Education Department is committed to providing educators with opportunities to utilize opera to meet educational standards, as well as to enhance learning for all students.

Our in-school programs introduce elementary, middle and high school students to the fundamentals of opera and the opportunities that exist within the field of opera. With support from the Florentine Opera Company’s generous donors, schools with limited budgets are granted educational programming for their students.


Support For The Florentine Opera’s Education Programs

The Florentine Opera’s highly successful 2015-2016 education programs were underwritten by several generous corporate, foundation and individual gifts and grants. We offer our sincerest thanks to these dedicated supporters of our Children’s Opera Jack & The Beanstalk:

1516 EDU Sponsors

The Florentine Opera Education Programs are generously supported by the following contributors:

Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation, Inc.
ANON Charitable Trust
Cathy and Mario Costantini
Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation
Dennis and Rebecca Farrell
Dr. and Mrs. Fred Tyszka
Evan & Marion Helfaer Foundation
Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation
Helen Bader Foundation
Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Inc.
Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Donald S. Wilson
Mr. Brian Wake PPC Foundation and the employees of Pieper Electric
Robert and Christine Ferber
The Bernard J. & Marie E. Weiss Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Maihaugen Foundation
The Nancy E. Hack Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Vilter Foundation, Inc.
Weyco Group Charitable Trust

Northwestern Mutual Foundation, US Bank Foundation, Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trust, Rockwell Automation, Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, The Donald and Ruth P. Taylor Foundation, Alvin & Marion Birnschein Foundation, Inc., The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, Halbert & Alice Kadish Foundation, Edward U. Demmer Foundation, The Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation, PPC Partners, Woman’s Club of Milwaukee, Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation, Inc., Joy Global Foundation, The Vilter Foundation, Inc., Herbert Kohl Charities.

Along with support from individual donors.