The two-time Grammy Award winning opera Elmer Gantry returns to the Florentine stage with a new cast, on the heels of critical acclaim and standing ovations at performances across the nation. Based on the popular Sinclair Lewis novel, this captivating tale reflects on the rise and fall of a small town preacher in early 20th century America and his love affair with a devout evangelist, with a powerful score influenced by American gospel and folk music.

Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry is framed with an enthralling score influenced by traditional opera, vibrant gospel, and American-folk styles. Craig Verm  (Papageno in The Magic Flute, 2009; Adonis in Venus and Adonis, 2011; Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, 2011; and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, 2013) sings the title role of Elmer Gantry, alongside Katherine Pracht (Mrs. McLean in Susannah, 2012) as the evangelist Sharon Falconer.  Former 2012-2013 Florentine Studio Artist Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (Frasquita in Carmen, 2012; Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, 2013; and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, 2013) returns as Lulu Baines, with Jeffrey Beruan making his Florentine debut as her father, Reverend Arthur Baines. Frank Kelly directs this all-star cast with the return of Maestro Christopher Larkin (Albert Herring, 2013) conducting the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in this poignant and energetic revival.

Click here for the latest ELMER GANTRY preview article from the Wisconsin Gazette.

Join us for all of our ELMER GANTRY events:

• Feb. 18, 7PM – Opera Insights for Elmer Gantry – FREE @ The Opera Center in Riverwest (thanks for attending).
• Feb. 21, 12:30PM – Opera Insights for Elmer Gantry – FREE @ The Tosa Library
• Mar. 1, 7PM – A Camerata Opera Party for Elmer Gantry – FREE @ Ginger
• Mar. 14, 7PM – A FREE Symposium with the Creative Team of Elmer Gantry – @ The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Click here to see a listing of all of our events.


Performance Dates and Times

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Performance Location

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Get Directions »


Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.