Opera at the Lake – A Milwaukee Tradition

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Florentine Opera is pleased once again to present one of Milwaukee’s favorite summer traditions: Florentine at the Lake. For the eighth summer, the Florentine teams up with Alterra Coffee to bring audiences a bi-monthly concert series filled with arias, ensembles and opera and musical theater favorites. This summer, the series will once again expand to include additional performances throughout the community at two other Alterra venues: Alterra Humboldt (Aug. 25 at 7:00 pm) and Alterra Grafton (Sept. 1 at 6:00 pm).

Audiences are invited to sit back and enjoy delicious Alterra food and drinks at one of Milwaukee’s hottest summer hangouts, where they will enjoy a tantalizing sneak peek into the Florentine’s 2010-2011 season, featuring the world premiere of Don Davis’s Río De Sangre (Oct. 22-24, 2010), Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers (March 18-20, 2011) and a double bill performance of Blow’s Venus & Adonis and Purcell’sDido & Aeneas (May 13-22, 2011).

Throughout the summer, Florentine at the Lake audiences will have the opportunity to take advantage of special Florentine Opera ticket promotions, including the chance to win free tickets to mainstage productions. All in all, the return of the popular series is a winning blend of stirring entertainment, delicious refreshments and tons of fun at Alterra Cafes and Milwaukee’s beautiful Lakefront.

EVENT INFORMATION : IN BRIEF

WHAT:
Florentine at the Lake
A live performance series presented with Alterra Coffee

WHEN: (Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm)
June 10 & 24
July 8 & 22
August 5 & 19

Additional performances at Alterra Humboldt (Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm) and
Alterra Grafton (Wednesday, September 1 at 6:00 pm)

WHERE:
Alterra Cafe at the Lake
1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI

COST:
FREE! (Additional free parking is also available in the Marina Lot across the street.)

WEATHER POLICY:
In the event of inclement weather, notice of cancellation will be posted on the homepage at www.florentineopera.org and at Alterra’s blog no later than 5:00 pm the day of the scheduled performance.

FEATURING:
Florentine Opera Chorus members

ABOUT THE FLORENTINE OPERA COMPANY:
The Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presents productions reflecting 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 local, national and international opera stars.

All programs of the Florentine Opera Company are driven by the mission to present opera productions reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards and designed to fulfill the Company’s vision to expand the experiences of patrons with memorable, outstanding and exciting performances. Audiences enjoy beautiful main stage productions that include first-rate vocal artistry brought to life by established and emerging local, national and international 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.

Main stage performances are held at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee—home to the Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet, Broadway and Off-Broadway series. The Florentine Opera is a charter member organization of the United Performing Arts Fund and receives Board grants from the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin, as well as support from corporations, foundations and individuals.