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10 May 2018

Florentine Opera General Director William Florescu Abruptly Resigns from Milwaukee Company 

WILLIAM FLORESCU, who since 2005 has served as general director of Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera, abruptly resigned from his role with the company this week. Florescu’s departure was announced in a terse statement issued by the Wisconsin company on Wednesday, and no reason was given for his resignation. 

The administrator’s exit came just two years after his contract had been extended through 2024 by the company’s board, which, at the time, characterized Florescu as “a visionary and dynamic leader.” Eric Lind has been tapped as the company’s interim managing director and Florentine Opera reports that it has started searching for a replacement, which it hopes to have in place by the start of the 2018-19 season. 

In addition to serving as the company’s top administrator, Florescu was also responsible for directing many of Florentine Opera’s productions. His new staging of The Magic Flute is slated to open on Friday, though, as of Thursday afternoon, Florescu was no longer listed among the production’s creative team on Florentine Opera’s website. Likewise, Florescu was no longer listed as the director of next season’s productions of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea or Beethoven's Fidelio — works that Florentine previously announced he would direct. 

According to the Washington Post’s Anne Midgette, a spokesman for the company declined to comment on the on the reason for Florescu’s resignation, only noting, ”We remain committed to our mission of presenting world-class opera to our community."

Prior to his 2005 appointment at Florentine Opera, the nation's six oldest opera company, Florescu served as the general director of Saratoga Springs’ Lake George Opera and general director of the Columbus Light Opera. His tenure at Florentine Opera was notable for having expanded the company’s repertory through the presentation local and world premieres, relative rarities, contemporary American works and previously unexplored areas of the repertoire; Florescu instigated Florentine Opera productions of Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry and the world premiere of the composer’s Sister Carrie, Don Davis’s Río de Sangre, Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights andSusannah and the company’s first presentations of both a Bellini opera — I Capuleti e i Montecchi — and a Baroque opera, Handel’s Semele. Florescu was also responsible for the creation of the company’s young artist program, Florentine Opera Studio. spacer 

More information can be found at Florentine Opera and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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