Drama And Talent That Is Larger Than Life…

…with recognition to match

We thank the corporate and foundation sponsors of our mainstage season for their support of the Florentine Opera’s productions, directors and leading artists. We also thank our education and outreach sponsors, whose support of our classroom performances and public presentations allows for opera to be appreciated by students and adults alike.


Main Stage Season

  • Season Sponsor ($100,000)
  • Production Title Sponsor ($75,000)
  • Production Sponsor ($50,000)
  • Season-Long Opening Night Sponsor ($25,000)
  • Performance Sponsor ($10,000-$15,000)
  • Act I Intermission Champagne Reception Sponsor ($5,000)


Education And Outreach

  • School Touring Production Title Sponsor ($50,000)
  • “Get Opera” Underwriter ($5,000+)
  • Underwrite an In-School Performance ($1,000+)
  • Underwrite  Community Engagement Performance ($1,000 – $5,000)


Our 80th Anniversary Season Sponsors

We acknowledge the geneorsity of our current sponsors in support of the Florentine Opera’s 80th Anniversary performances and community engagement events—and invite you to join in celebration of this momentous year for us!

La Traviata
Mary and Ross Read – Presenting Sponsors
Marianne and Sheldon Lubar – Orchestra Performance Sponsors
Nita Soref – Title Artist Sponsor

Festa Fiorentina
Glen and Claire Hackmann- Presenting Sponsors

Julius Caesar
Donald and Donna Baumgartner- Presenting Sponsors
Nita Soref- Title Artist Sponsor
John Shannon and Jan Serr- Costume Production Sponsors
Additional Supporters To Be Announced

La Bohème
Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn- Presenting Sponsors
Michael Best and Friedrich- Matinee Performance Sponsors
Nita Soref- Title Artist Sponsor

Additional Supporters To Be Announced


Corporations, Foundations, Organization and Public Funds

ANON Charitable Trust
Helen Bader Foundation
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
BMO Private Bank
The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.
Bucyrus-Erie Foundation, Inc.
Milwaukee County – CAMPAC
Chapman Foundation
Colectivo Coffee Roasters
Cream City Foundation
Marjorie Christiansen Foundation
Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust
Elizabeth Elser Doolittle Charitable Trusts
Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation, Inc.
Foley & Lardner
Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation
Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s
Dr. Carl W. Eberbach & Elisabeth Falk Eberbach Fund
Luedke-Smith Fund
Mildred L. Roehr & Herbert W. Roehr Fund
David C. Scott Foundation Fund
Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
Frieda & William Hunt Memorial Trust
Doroth Inbusch Foundation
Ironwood Foundation
Johnson Controls
Johnson Foundation, Inc.
Michael Best and Friedrich
Milwaukee Florentine Opera Club
Opera America
Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation
Pieper Electric/Ideal Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. Law Firm
Rite Hite Foundation
Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust
United Performing Arts Fund
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Vilter Foundation, Inc.
Weyco Group Charitable Trust
Wisconsin Public Radio (our state wide media sponsor)
Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin
Zilber Foundation


Education Sponsors

Helen Bader Foundation
Donald and Donna Baumgartner
Jim Bamberger and Nancy Eastham
Jeff and Janine Bamberger
John and Murph Burke
Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation
Cathy and Mario Costantini
Cream City Foundation
Sarah and Peter Damsgaard
Jill and Robert Dizack
Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation, Inc.
Dennis and Rebecca Farrell
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Nancy E. Hack Fund
Greater Milwaukee Realtors Youth Foundation Inc.
William and Carmen Haberman
Glen and Claire Hackmann
Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation
Dorothy Inbusch Foundation
George and Angela Jacobi
Herbert Kohl Charities, Inc.
Dr. Michael Krco
Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn
Susi and Eric Lind
Paul Matthews and Colleen Fitzgerald
Milwaukee Florentine Opera Club
Milwaukee Public Schools
Jim Mortell
David Mungenast in honor of Michael Barna
Andrew Nunemaker
Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation
Nancy Phelps
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Pieper
PPC Partners Inc.
Dolores Ricci
Mary and Ross Read
Julie and Mike Roubik
John Shannon and Jan Serr
Dr. & Mrs. Fred Tyszka
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Wilson
Brian Wake
Weyco Group Charitable Trust
Cathy and Michael White

For omissions or changes to this list, please contact Jill Bruss at (414) 291-5700 ext 212.