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Immortal Girlfriend’s opera collab is bound to be a classic

Two men wearing dark clothing pose against a dark background with serious expressions on their faces.
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It’s been an exhilarating past couple of months for “Dark Knights of Synth” Immortal Girlfriend. First, their song “Someone Like You” landed in the highly watched Addams Family Netflix revival, Wednesday. Now, their world-class collaborative event — “The Florentine Opera Presents: Covers” — will take place this Thursday and Friday at The Cooperage.

Immortal Girlfriend and the arts organization have worked closely on the two-night event’s repertoire, which marries the brothers’ exciting take on atmospheric synth with beloved and emotive opera classics. The result promises to be both creative and captivating.

Florentine Opera General Director and CEO Maggey Oplinger said, “The Florentine Opera’s commitment to ‘classics with a twist’ stays true with this collaboration change. We know the Milwaukee audience loves hummable, recognizable tunes sung by beautiful voices, and the ‘Covers’ performance will deliver just that. Immortal Girlfriend is a powerhouse for lush sound and will allow us all to enjoy some of our favorite opera in a whole new way.”

The event will get some extra shine from director Dimonte Henning — a trained actor, director, and theater producer who spent almost two decades working in the performing arts. Henning got his formal training in Milwaukee and is a founding member of the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival.

If you go, expect to hear reimagined versions of “Quando M’en Vo” from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, “Pearl Fishers Duet” by Georges Bizet, “Barcarolle” by Jacques Offenbach and more. The event will truly traverse the globe, with classic works sung in different languages and support from world-renowned vocalists and musicians.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m. for both the Thursday and Friday night shows. You can find more info on the Florentine Opera website and at The Cooperage’s event page.

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