ON-Lion Letter
The 2007-08 season of The Florentine Opera Company in Milwaukee features three faces of opera -- melody, drama, and intrigue -- in a perfect blending of plot and passion, acting and arias.

The Florentine's season begins in mid-November with one of the world's best-loved operettas, Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow.  One man’s desire for a widowed woman's beauty, and her wealth, keeps this story of a classic love triangle spinning like a Viennese waltz with a splash of Paris thrown in.  It will be sung in English.

In February 2008, the Florentine will present Salome by Richard Strauss.  Salome lusts to kiss the prophet John the Baptist.  Her stepfather, Herod, lusts to see her dance.  When the prophet rejects her, Salome allows Herod to watch her remove her veils.  In exchange, she demands that he remove the Baptist’s head.  Salome will be sung in German, with English translations projected above the stage.

In April 2008, Vincenzo Bellini's take on Romeo and Juliet, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, will delight audiences.  Separated by family, drawn irresistibly together by young love's yearning, Romeo and Juliet sacrifice everything because they are unwilling to sacrifice just one thing -- their love for each other.  The performance will be sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage.

All performances are held in Uihlein Hall at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets can be purchased online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Florentine Opera.
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