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Appleton Native Returns to Florentine Opera Company to Perform in "Elmer Gantry"

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Alisa Jordheim's career has taken off since she went through the Florentine Opera’s Studio Artist program.

She completed a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati conservatory, and she completed a Fulbright in Scandinavia towards that work. 

Jordheim will be back in Milwaukee to sing the role of Lulu in the Florentine Opera's performance of Elmer Gantry.

While in town for a recital, Jordheim spoke with Lake Effect's Bonnie North about her passion for teaching and performing.

"I do enjoy teaching," Jordheim said, in regards to her doctorate, "but right now I prefer performing. But it is something I would like to incorporate. I'd like to meld the two together."

"It’s hard to be a well-rounded artist when one has blinders on or just sings in one style. So I do think it’s imperative for opera singers, pop singers, musical theater singers to have a knowledge and a technical versatility to be able to sing in many different styles," she said.

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.