a downloadable pdf of the Florentine Opera 2012-2013 Season ...


a downloadable pdf of the Florentine Opera 2012-2013 Season ...

From fiery passion

and a spark of romance,

to comic misadventures

and playful innuendo

the Florentine Opera offers

a stunning season

of world-class


2012-2013 Season


That’s Amore

Albert Herring

The Marriage of Figaro

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“Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera consistently provides the most

interesting programming of any opera company in the Midwest.”

“a dangerous m

– William Weinke, Channel 3000.com

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2012-2013 Season

by Georges Bizet

October 26 & 28, 2012

ingling of sex, rebellion and violence”

– The New York Times

A concert of love songs featuring

the Florentine Opera Studio Artists

Feb. 8, 9 & 10, 2013

T ere will never be another May Queen like...



by Benjamin Britten

March 8, 10, 12, 13, 15 & 17, 2013


Playful innuendo and conspiracy run rampant

in this day of madness!

May 10 & 12, 2013

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Fall under the seductive spell

of the gypsy Carmen and her

fiery affairs with Don José and

the handsome toreador, Escamillo.

The season opens with a scorching

production of Bizet’s final work, as

one of opera’s most beloved classics

returns to the Florentine Opera stage.

by Georges Bizet

October 26 & 28, 2012

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Performed in French with English supertitles projected above the stage

Featured artists include:

Audrey Babcock ................Carmen

Noah Stewart* ................ Don José

Rena Harms ................... Micaëla

Keith Phares .................. Escamillo

Peter Volpe .....................Zuniga

Dean Anthony ............ Stage Director

Joseph Rescigno ..............Conductor

*denotes Florentine Opera debut

“With his lustrous voice and good looks, Noah Stewart’s

Don José is absolutely superb, both vocally and dramatically.”

Babcock Stewart

Production Sponsored by Charles and Mary Ann LaBahn

– The Chicago Sun-Times

“Audrey Babcock is smoldering!”

– The Washington Post

Sponsored by Glen and Claire Hackmann

February 8, 9 & 10, 2013

Vogel Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Romance abounds as the 2012-2013 Florentine Opera Studio

Artists woo audiences in the intimate surroundings of Vogel Hall.

As our Valentine to you, your subscription package includes

this ‘affair of the heart’ that is certain to inspire amore. Our

Studio Artists will serenade you with classic love songs for an

unforgettable evening.

“The Florentine Opera Studio Artist program has

become a finishing school for talented young singers.”

– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

y Benjamin Britten

T ere wi l never be another May Qu en like .



March 8, 10, 12, 13, 15 & 17, 2013

Vogel Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

On the centennial of Britten’s birth, the

Florentine Opera presents a new production

of this 20th century comedic British classic for

the very first time! This endlessly witty, poignant,

and beautifully layered comic opera reveals the

hysterical misadventures of a lonely shop boy in a

small English village. Albert Herring is simply

teeming with colorful and wickedly amusing

characters that will evoke laughter and smiles.

Featured artists include:

Rodell Rosel ..............Albert Herring

Abigail Nims* ...................Nancy

Kathy Pyeatt ............... Lady Billows

Kathryn Leemhuis* ..........Florence Pike

Andrew Wilkowske* ...............Vicar

Jamie Offenbach ..................Budd

William Florescu ...........Stage Director

Christopher Larkin ........... Conductor

Noele Stollmack ..Scenic & Lighting Designer

Holly Payne ............Costume Designer

*denotes Florentine Opera debut

Rosel Nims

“Rodell Rosel already

possesses the magnetism

of a high-voltage

Broadway star.”

– The Chicago Sun-Times

“Rounding out Don Giovanni’s trio of

women, mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims

was a spirited, warm-voiced Zerlina.”

– New Jersey Star-Ledger


May 10 & 12, 2013

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Performed in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage

Get caught up in the deceptions, counter-deceptions,

skirt-chasing, and bullying run rampant in the palace of

the Count Almaviva. Set in Spain, this continuation of

the plot of The Barber of Seville focuses on the intrigue

that unfolds during a single “day of madness” in this

grand folly of aristocratic courtship.

Featured artists include:

Daniel Belcher .................Figaro

Jamie-Rose Guarrine* ......... Susanna

Craig Verm ............Count Almaviva

Diana McVey * ........Countess Almaviva

Adriana Zabala * .............Cherubino

Frank Kelley ...............Don Basilio

Candace Evans* ......... Stage Director

Joseph Rescigno .............Conductor

*denotes Florentine Opera debut

Guarrine Belcher

“Guarrine’s sublime performance

of Susanna’s fourth‐act aria,

Deh vieni non tardar, was a

performance highlight.”

– Salt Lake Tribune

“Daniel Belcher balanced polished

vocal work with a perfectly

charming character...”

– Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Why Subscribe?

By subscribing for our full season, you can ensure that you’ll be in the best

seats, all season long while saving 20% over the cost of single tickets.

Priority Seating:

Florentine Opera season ticket holders receive priority seating over single

ticket buyers.

Guaranteed Discount on Additional Single Tickets

Subscribers also receive single ticket priority and discounts on additional

single ticket orders to bring friends and family to the opera.

Generous Ticket Exchange Privileges

Subscribers are the only patrons granted ticket exchange privileges in the

event that they cannot attend their scheduled performance.

The ‘Diva Discount’ Card

This exclusive subscriber benefit offers subscribing patrons rewards and

discounts to a variety of events, area businesses and restaurants.

How To Subscribe

Full Payment

You may pay for your ticket subscription in full by check, payable to

Florentine Opera, or charge your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or

Discover credit card.

Installment Option

The easy, affordable way to subscribe!

Credit/debit cards only. First installment is one half of the total amount due;

the first installment is charged to your credit card when you subscribe or

renew. Second installment (the remaining balance plus $8.00 handling fee)

is charged to your credit card in July 2012. Full payment is required prior to

tickets being mailed.

The Florentine Opera opens the 2012-2013

Season with Audrey Babcock in Carmen.

Photo by Cory Weaver, courtesy of

Utah Festival Opera

Choose a Performance Package that works for you:

EVENING PACKAGE – 7:30 pm curtain

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday, February 8 OR Saturday, February 9, 2013

Friday, March 8 OR Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

MATINEE PACKAGE – 2:30 pm curtain

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday, February 10 OR Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sunday, March 10 OR Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Or, Enjoy Opera Your Way with a FLEX PACKAGE:

Our most flexible subscription package provides you with four vouchers.

Each voucher is redeemable for one seat at any performance – you choose

the dates and times that work best for your schedule. As a Flex Pass

Subscriber, you can enjoy priority seating by purchasing during the subscriber

only period (May 1 - July 31, 2012), before single tickets are made available

for purchase to the general public.

Flex Packages are available at the following three seating levels –

Tier II (Orchestra Premium, Side Loge, Center Loge A-D) $259

Tier III (Mid, Side and front Orchestra) $203

Tier IV (Rear Orchestra, Center Loge E-J) $155

Pricing and Seating Options

* Price includes sales tax and facility fees.

All sales are final.

All mainstage operas feature orchestral accompaniment. That’s Amore features piano accompaniment.

Secure your seat for tales of passion, wit and

intrigue from the Florentine Opera Company!


Call 414.291.5700 ext. 224

Once you have completed this form:

Fold along the perforation, detach this page

and mail to the addresses listed above.

To order by phone, call 414.291.5700 ext. 224



General Information


Uihlein Hall (Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro)

Vogel Hall (That’s Amore, Albert Herring)

All performances of the 2012-2013 season are held at:

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts • 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI

Uihlein Hall

Vogel Hall

Handling Fee

All subscription orders are subject to an $8.00 handling fee.

Marcus Center Facility Fee

All ticket prices include a $3.00 per seat facility fee that ensures the future maintenance of the

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Special Needs

Special seating and assistance are available for patrons in wheelchairs, as well as visually

and hearing impaired patrons.


Call 414-291-5700 ext. 224 or 1-800-326-7372 ext. 224 (9:00am-4:00pm,

Monday thru Friday), email us at info@florentineopera.org, or visit our website

at www.florentineopera.org anytime.

Opera Around Town

For a complete list of other community enrichment events and appearances around town,

visit www.florentineopera.org/events.


A note from General Director William Florescu-

We’ve planned an exciting 2012-2013 season — beginning in

October with the hottest Carmen in our history, continuing in

February with our Studio Artists’ tribute to love That’s Amore,

a March return to intimate Vogel Hall for one of my personal

favorites, Benjamin Brittan’s poignantly comic chamber opera,

Albert Herring, and a May invitation to The Marriage of Figaro in

Uihlein Hall — these tales of passion, innuendo, and romance will

touch your soul and delight your spirit.

Don’t miss the opportunity to secure the best seats in the house

at 20% Off and receive special benefits.

Subscribe today for tales of passion, wit, and

intrigue performed by renowned singers in live,

internationally-celebrated productions created by

the Florentine Opera Company.

Call 414-291-5700 ext. 224

for personalized assistance with ticketing.

The Florentine Opera celebrates two Grammy Awards for the NAXOS

recording of the Florentine’s production of Elmer Gantry by composer

Robert Aldridge. The 2012 Grammy Awards include: Best Classical

Contemporary Composition and Best Engineered Album, Classical

with an additional nomination for Classical Producer of the Year.

A special thanks to:

Florentine Opera 2012-2013 season promotional art was created by Brian Frey,

Sami Mainiero, Michael Petrella and Ryan Streolz: Visual Resources Design Group;

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design © 2012; Cover Photo by Christopher Barbeau

courtesy of Toledo Opera.

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