Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00am

Florentine Opera's - A Busy Bee at the Urban Ecology Center

The Florentine’s world-premiere children’s opera, A Busy Bee, brings to life the story of Bella the Honeybee, as she searches to find her purpose and her role in the hive. This locally-produced new work by Ruben Piirainen is commissioned in conjunction with SHARP Literacy, and is based on the children’s book of the same title. […]

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Florentine Opera Company to Receive $30,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Grant to support the world premiere live recording and regional premiere production of American composer Carlisle Floyd’s latest Opera, Prince of Players Photo credit: Houston Grand Opera, photographer Lynn Lane (2016) The Florentine Opera Company will receive a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the world premiere […]

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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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