FLORENTINE OPERA CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin—September 25, 2013—The Florentine Opera Company’s Board President Mark Cameli concluded his inaugural term by announcing at the annual meeting Sept. 25 that the Florentine remains strong at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 fiscal year with a net operating surplus of $153,000.
“I am pleased at the conclusion of the company’s 79th season to report that the Florentine Opera has again achieved national recognition with the garnering of an additional Grammy Award for the commercial recording of Río de Sangre which was released internationally in 2011 on the Albany label. We continued taking decisive steps toward the long-term success of the company with the relocation of the administrative offices to our Riverwest location and strategic cost containment.” Cameli said.
Florentine General Director William Florescu reaffirmed the company’s commitment to producing works from the full operatic spectrum: “To mention just a few of the highlights: Exciting, classic productions of two of operas most beloved standards – Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as a new production of Albert Herring to celebrate the Benjamin Britten centenary; a busy fifth year of the Florentine Opera Studio Artist Program, including a showcase of their artistry in our That’s Amore concert revue, the John Davies touring children’s touring opera Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, as well as a wide variety of community engagement performances; the company’s world premiere recording of Don Davis’ Rio de Sangre receiving a Grammy Award; and finally, a sound financial year, giving us a solid foothold into our future.”
This season, the Florentine Opera completed the third leg of its journey into the artist community of Riverwest in Milwaukee. The company's recent growth and this conglomeration of a full service production headquarters, and a bright and clean open-concept administrative addition to the facility, culminated with the grand opening of it’s fully appointed residence: The Kate & Don Wilson Casa di Opera–completed in time for the 80th Anniversary Season. This residence houses the company's four (4) Florentine Opera Studio Artists. Donors Kate and Don Wilson along with Cathy and Mario Costantini rehabilitated and re-roofed the now polished gem, located less than a block from the front door of the thriving Florentine Opera Center. For the company’s new studio artists, work is now but a short stroll away.
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The Florentine Opera
Company’s productions reflect the highest musical and theatrical standards,
while supporting community and educational programs. As a leader in Wisconsin's
art community and the nation’s sixth-oldest opera company, the Florentine Opera
seeks to establish a significant presence in the cultural, educational and
civic life of the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Audiences enjoy beautiful mainstage
productions that include first-rate vocal artistry brought to life by established
and emerging international, national and local opera stars. With a foundation
of fiscal responsibility, the company continues to grow its artistic and
educational programs. Through its outreach and in-school educational
programming, the Florentine provides vital arts education experiences for
children, nurtures new audiences, and expands cultural horizons for the next
generation. The Florentine Opera is a cornerstone member organization of
the United Performing Arts Fund and receives funds from the Milwaukee County
and the State of Wisconsin, as well as support from corporations, foundations
and individuals. The Florentine Opera Company is a member of Opera America.
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