Artistic Excellence amidst fiscal responsibility is hallmark of 74th season
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin-September 17, 2008-Florentine Opera Company Board President Wayne Lueders reported a strong financial foundation at the organization's annual meeting today. He went on to acknowledge a season of high artistic caliber that showcased the organization's mission of presenting world-class opera on the Milwaukee stage.
Critically well-received artistic highlights were the 07-08 season's hallmark, including the opening production of Franz Lehár's delightfully frothy The Merry Widow starring Diane Alexander as Hanna Glawari. In February, Erika Sunnegårdh's debut as Salome, a notoriously difficult role both vocally and physically, drew international critical attention. Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, the first-ever Bellini opera performed by the Florentine, showcased bel canto style and featured a stunning performance by Georgia Jarman.
Once again, the Florentine had an exemplary year of artistic creativity paired with fiscal responsibility, and the organization is in a strong position as it enters its 75th anniversary season, Lueders reported.
The Annual Meeting was held at 4:00 pm at the University Club in Milwaukee.
The following individuals will serve as 2008-09 officers of the Florentine Opera Board of Directors:
Wayne R. Lueders President
Clay Nesler President-Elect
J. Douglas Gray Vice President-Investments
Reynolds Honold Vice President-Development
Karen Plunkett Muenster Vice President-Audience Development
Asher Nichols Vice President-Finance
Ilke Panzer Vice President-Marketing
Mary Read Vice President-Education
Clay Nesler Vice President-Planning
Catherine Principe Treasurer
Marianne Lubar Secretary
The Nominating Committee of the Florentine Opera Company consists of the following individuals:
Marianne Lubar, Chair
Mary Ann LaBahn
Wayne R. Lueders
The following individuals will serve as Company Directors for a three-year term, ending with the Annual Meeting in 2011: