National Medal of Arts Composer Carlisle Floyd joins us for his latest opera, adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage play, Compleat Female Stage Beauty (1999).

A king’s edict threatens the livelihood and identity of an actor and changes the course of theater in Floyd’s operatic adaptation of a true story. Keith Phares, Kate Royal, and Anthony Dean Griffey lead an all-star cast in the operatics tale of Edward Kynaston, an idol in London’s Restoration-era theater, famous for his flawless portrayal of female roles. In a twist of fates, King Charles II grants women the right to appear onstage while forbidding men from performing as women, leading to Kynaston’s personal journey and transformation. Carlisle Floyd’s newest creation features a highly talented cast of singing actors, lead by director Michael Gieleta, with the Florentine Opera Chorus and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boggs.


Performance Dates and Times

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:30pm

Performance Location

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 Get Directions »


Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage



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M-F | 9am-4pm