The opera is like the Olympic opening ceremonies—it's performed in many languages and usually climaxes with something being lit on fire. Bask in the glow of international culture with this GrouponLive deal to see the Florentine Opera Company perform Mozart's Idomeneo in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. For $45, you get one ticket for Tier II seating (a $98 value). Choose between the following performances:
- Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Originally set in ancient Greece in the wake of the Trojan War, this contemporary retelling of Mozart's first masterpiece, Idomeneo, follows its title character, the king of Crete. The stage is set as he returns home from the great war after pinky-swearing with Neptune, god of the sea, to sacrifice the first living thing he sees on land if he survives the war. His own son, Idamante, greets him on the shore, and thus begins a tale of exile, passion, and godly intervention. Set in current times, the production opens with a stage overture while live film projections accent traditional theatric performances.
Joseph Rescigno conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra through Mozart's divine melodies while English subtitles project the dialogue sung in Italian by the Florentine Opera Chorus. John La Bouchardiere directs the on-stage action of an acclaimed cast, which includes tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz in the title role and soprano Georgia Jarman as the alluring but envious Princess Elettra. Prominent players Sandra Piques Eddy as Idamante and Marie-Eve Munger as Ilia round out an applause-worthy cast.
Florentine Opera Company—the nation's sixth oldest—has blanketed audiences with the voices of local, national, and international opera singers since its premiere season in 1934. Guests unfamiliar with opera can gain insight to the show thanks to pre-performance talks led by a professor one hour before curtain. Between performances, Florentine's members build appreciation for culture by serenading fast-food employees through the drive-thru microphone and by leading arts-education programs in schools and in the community.