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William Florescu
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I am the General Director of Milwaukee's Florentine Opera Company. In addition, I am active as stage director, adjudicator, and masterclass presenter.
I am the General Director of Milwaukee's Florentine Opera Company. In addition, I am active as stage director, adjudicator, and masterclass presenter.

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As you may have noticed......
I have been gone for quite a while from here.  This doesn't mean I haven't been active in all things auditions..... I am going to be starting a blog on the Florentine Opera'swebsite  www.florentineopera.org, which will cover a number of topics, including au...

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A New Year!!
I am very excited to welome our 2013-14 Florentine Opera Studio Artists this week! They are: Julie Tabash, soprano Lindsay Metzger, mezzo Aaron Short, tenor Pablo Siqueiros, baritone. I'm looking forward to a fantastic year!!!

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A new season!
Labor Day is behind us, and it's impossible for me not to get excited again about a new season.  Our Studio Artists come on contract Monday, and our Chorus is already rehearsing The Flying Dutchman . A few short months ago, one could be forgiven for thinkin...

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Another way of looking at things...
I recommend reading the article that I have provided the link to below.  Its about an opera composer in Russia being physically attacked over the subject matter in one of his operas. I bring this up because one of the debates going on in this country is the...

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A generation of singers.....
Having just seen a very fine production of Masterclass here last week, put me in mind of the important singers who we have just lost very recently: Licia Albanese and Carlo Bergonzi. I already posted about Licia Albanese, and I took the opportunity to liste...

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Licia Albanese
I can't let the passing of a legendary singer go by unnoticed.  Licia Albanese, a true link to a by gone era of singing has passed away at 105. She was beloved in the Verdi/Puccini repertoire, and was a favorite of Toscanini.  If my memory serves me correct...

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It's that 'tween time!
This is the that interesting time of year - the time when a lot of summer programs are winding down or over, and the seasonal resident artist programs have not started. So, for some singers, who are involved in both types (that applies to three of our Studi...

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So.....here's a question
One of the very old discussions in our business is where the line between musicals and operas exists. In today's American opera scene the point seems somewhat moot - musicals such as Sound of Music, Carousel, Sweeney Todd, Showboat, and A Little Night Music...

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Opera in the 21st centrury - is it worth the trouble?
I have touched on this before, particularly as it affects those of you who are the age where you are auditioning for school, young artist programs, or principal singer positions. Over the past several years, some companies have folded, others have had crise...
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