Jamie Breiwick Jazz Quartet to Join the Florentine Opera Baumgartner Studio Artists

Jamie Breiwick Jazz Quartet to Join the Florentine Opera Baumgartner Studio Artists

The Florentine Opera Company continues its 85th Anniversary Season with Con Amore: The Baumgartner Studio Artists in Concert, February 8 - 10 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. This hand-crafted concert features operatic love songs, ballads old and new, and Broadway tunes to help audiences explore all the different meanings, and phases, of love.

Con Amore showcases the talents of the Florentine Opera Baumgartner Studio Artists, accompanied by staff pianist Ruben Piirainen. These artists are emerging young opera singers participating in a residency training program with the Florentine Opera for the 2018-2019 season. The quartet was recruited through an extensive audition process, and the singers were selected from more than 150 applicants. The Baumgartner Studio Artists also perform in the company's other mainstage productions, the @ the Center Series concerts, and numerous education and community outreach programs.

The 2018-2019 Baumgartner Studio Artists:

Soprano Nicole Heinen, Wisconsin native and current resident of New Orleans, Louisiana

Mezzo-soprano Briana Moynihan from Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tenor Nicholas Huff from Kenosha, WI

Baritone Nathaniel Hill from Defiance, Ohio

The Jamie Breiwick Jazz Quartet will join the Florentine Opera to add a sultry note. The musicians include Jamie Breiwick on trumpet, Mark Davis on piano, John Price on bass and Devin Drobka on drums. In addition to accompanying the singers on a number of pieces, the jazz quartet will perform musical sets throughout the concert.

A local creative team - Dylan Sladky as stage director and Marisa Abbott as lighting designer - will help transform the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall into an intimate and romantic cabaret; the perfect setting to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Major support for Con Amore provided by Claire and Glenn Hackmann. Performance attire provided by Florentine Opera Dress for Success donors.

Tickets range in price from $30 - $75 and can be purchased through the Florentine Opera Box Office at 1-800-32-OPERA or www.florentineopera.org. Tickets can also be purchased through the Marcus Center Performing Arts Box Office, in person at 929 N. Water Street or by calling 414-273-7206.

Photo: The 2018-2019 Baumgartner Studio Artists (Left to right): Baritone Nathaniel Hill, Soprano Nicole Heinen, Mezzo-soprano Briana Moynihan and Tenor Nicholas Huff

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