audiences are blessed with a wide variety of world-class performing arts experiences. From The Milwaukee Repertory Theater to the Florentine Opera, the Skylight Music Theatre to the Milwaukee Ballet, arts organizations in southeast Wisconsin cater to a full range of theatrical and musical interests. Add to those groups a number of smaller companies specializing in high-quality niche fare, and the region is a cultural gem that gleams as brightly as metro areas with much larger populations and financial resources. Following is a listing of highlights from the region’s 2018–19 season, compiled by Mike Holloway. Side items are by Michael Muckian.