Conductor Francesco Milioto joins the Florentine Opera as Artistic Advisor

Francesco Milioto has been named the company’s Artistic Advisor. “In this role, Francesco will connect the Florentine with talent from around the world. His breadth of experience in cutting edge and established organizations, collaborative energy and proven track record impressed our board, and we welcome his input on casting, creative team selection, as a conductor […]

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The Florentine Opera Announces Maggey Oplinger as its new General Director & CEO

The Florentine Opera Company is thrilled to announce that Maggey Oplinger begins her tenure as the company’s seventh General Director on March 1, 2019. She was chosen from a robust national and international field of candidates through a selection process that involved the company’s stakeholders, staff, and patrons as well as Milwaukee’s artistic, civic, and […]

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From Studio Artist to Stage Director: Colleen Brooks’ Journey with the Florentine Opera

Ten years ago, mezzo-soprano Colleen Brooks was a part of the Florentine Opera’s first class of Studio Artists. Just like our Baumgartner Studio Artists today, she sang in main stage productions, community events and the touring children’s opera (that year it was Pinocchio). Since her time as a studio artist in the 2008-2009 season, Colleen […]

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Meet Christopher Elst: Prince of Players Fight Choreographer

From the costume shop, to hair and makeup, set designers to stage directors, it’s pretty well known that there are many people behind the singers of an opera that make a production possible. We’d like to introduce one behind-the-scenes role that you may not be as familiar with – a fight director. Prince of Players […]

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Keith Phares on contemporary opera and his role debut as Edward Kynaston in PRINCE OF PLAYERS

Baritone Keith Phares has been a part of many of the Florentine’s productions of new operas. He sang the title role in our 2010 recorded production of Elmer Gantry. He sang the role of Charlie in our production of Three Decembers. And, he was George Hurstwood in our world-premiere production and recording of Sister Carrie. […]

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