Studio Artist alumni shine in Baroque Double Bill

By Kelly Schlicht, Development Manager In its tenth season, the fruits of the Florentine Opera Donald and Donna Baumgartner Studio Artist program’s labors will be on full display in the company’s upcoming production of Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas, with three alumni from the program showcased in principal roles. Mezzo-soprano Colleen Brooks (2008-2009), […]

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A Q&A with leading lady Sandra Piques Eddy


Florentine Opera Development Manager Kelly Schlicht recently sat down with mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy to talk about her role in the upcoming production of Venus & Adonis/Dido & Aeneas, her time singing at the Met, and what it’s like to be back in Milwaukee. KS: You play Dido, the title character in Dido & Aeneas. […]

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Dancing brings unique element to the Baroque Double Bill


By Kelly Schlicht, Development Manager The Florentine Opera’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas will be a veritable feast for the senses, engaging audiences in not only the sounds, but the sights of these Baroque operas. Veteran dancer and choreographer Dani Kuepper from Danceworks will bring her visually […]

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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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