- One ticket to see Florentine Opera Company’s Elmer Gantry
- When: Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $25 for the upper loge or balcony (up to $39.30 value)
- $42 for the mid loge (up to $68 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
A 21st-century adaptation of a Sinclair Lewis novel, Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry paints the pathos of classic opera on a canvas of rustic Americana. The story unfolds over the course of several years, following the rise to power of a salesman turned preacher. Driven by a lust for power and regular old lust, Gantry breaks hearts and builds monuments across Missouri, but it’s only a matter of time before the damage he’s done catches up to his success. The original score is filled with vibrant American Gospel and Folk music.
Premiered in 2007 at the Nashville Opera, Elmer Gantry has been produced only a handful of times across the country—but the Florentine Opera Company made their 2010 production count by earning two Grammy awards. That same show is back, only with an entirely new cast. Craig Verm (seen in leading roles in The Magic Flute, Venus and Adonis, and The Marriage of Figaro) slips into the hypocritical shoes of Elmer Gantry, and Katherine Pracht (Susannah) and Alisa Suzanne Jordheim (Carmen) play his love interests—true believer Sharon Falconer and reverend’s daughter Lulu Baines. Live music from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra sets the tone for the American musical score, with the Florentine opera chorus and a cast of dozens creating a grand American opera.
Florentine Opera Company
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 1933. Guests unfamiliar with opera can gain insight to special productions thanks to meet-the-artist sessions, pre-performance talks, and other events. Between performances, Between performances, Florentine's members build appreciation for culture by leading arts-education programs in schools and in the community.