Welcome to the 2018/19 season

At its core, opera is a great story told through brilliant music, performed in front of an audience ready to contribute their own emotions to the experience. Our new season shows off many facets of this glorious art form.

The dramatic side is represented by the double-bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Told with the emotional intensity that is so unique to our art form, these twin stories of passion, jealousy, revenge, and murder are perhaps the most “operatic” of operas.

The lighter side is represented by Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Acclaimed as a “grown-up operetta” when it premiered in 1973, this story of love lost and found across generations, set to a waltz-time score, has become a modern classic.

The magical side is represented by Dvořák’s Rusalka, a Madison Opera premiere. Inspired by the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, its beautiful story of impossible love is set to one of the most gorgeous scores in opera.

Opera comes to life when hundreds of people who pour their hearts and souls into it – onstage, backstage, and in the orchestra pit – are joined by thousands of people in the audience.

Come and be a part of it all.

2018/19 Season

PASSION AND JEALOUSY.
THE ORIGINAL DOUBLE-FEATURE.
LORD, WHAT FOOLS
THESE MORTALS BE.
WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE FOR HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER?

Extra-operatic Events

Radio Broadcasts

Tune in to WPR on 88.7FM or stream online*
Please note: the stream is NPR News & Classical

At the end of each season, Madison Opera and Wisconsin Public Radio partner to present recorded broadcasts of two full operas from the Madison Opera season. Broadcast dates for the 2018/19 season will be announced in the Spring of 2019.