Lord, what fools these mortals be.

In 1900’s Sweden, couples waltz, marriages are made and unmade, and the summer night smiles on the young and old alike. Stephen Sondheim’s ravishing score, set entirely in variations of waltz time, tells of the complications of love across generations, spiced with sparkling wit and rueful self-awareness.

Since its premiere in 1973, A Little Night Music has become a classic, a modern American Operetta that plays with our ideas of romance with delicious humor. With a score that includes the famous “Send in the Clowns,” it’s the perfect midwinter treat.

A Little Night Music
Friday, February 8 at 8pm
Sunday, February 10 at 2:30pm
Capitol Theater

Run time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including one intermission

A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Premiered: 25 February 1973, Schubert Theater, New York
Previously at MO:  1988


Emily Pulley
Desiree Armfeldt

Madison Opera Debut: Beggar Woman, Sweeney Todd (2015)
Recently: Becky, Morning Star (On Site Opera); Mrs. De Rocher, Dead Man Walking (Minnesota Opera); Carmen, Carmen (Central City Opera); Mrs. P., The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (UrbanArias, Indianapolis Opera); Despina, Così fan tutte (Nashville Opera)

Daniel Belcher
Fredrik Egerman

Madison Opera Debut: Dandini, La Cenerentola (2012)
Recently: Einstein, Die Fledermaus (Utah Opera); Tiger Brown, The Threepenny Opera (Boston Lyric Opera); James Addison Mills III, The House without a Christmas Tree (Houston Grand Opera); Inspector Kildare, Elizabeth Cree (Opera Philadelphia); Orfeo, L’Orfeo (Chautauqua Opera Festival); Ping, Turandot (Atlanta Opera)
Upcoming: Sharpless, Madama Butterfly (Lyric Opera of Kansas City)

Jeni Houser
Anne Egerman

Madison Opera Debut: Ensemble, Acis and Galatea (2013)
Recently with MO: Olympia, The Tales of Hoffmann; Amy, Little Women; Johanna, Sweeney Todd
La Charmeuse, Thaïs; Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Minnesota Opera); Zerbinetta/Najade, Ariadne auf Naxos (Austin Opera, Berkshire Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera); The Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Cincinnati Opera, Minnesota Opera); Cecily Cardew, The Importance of Being Ernest (Odyssey Opera)
Upcoming: The Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera)

Quinn Bernegger
Henrik Egerman

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Hans Sachs’ Trainer, Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera; Raoul St. Brioche, The Merry Widow (Opera Saratoga); Lensky, Eugene Onegin; Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Boston Conservatory at Berklee); Henrik Egermann, A Little Night Music (Des Moines Metro Opera); Nanki-Poo, The Mikado (Chautauqua Opera)

Upcoming: Ferrando, Così fan tutte (Barn Opera)

Katherine Pracht
Charlotte Malcom

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Elizabeth Cree, Elizabeth Cree (Chicago Opera Theater); Flora, La Traviata (Opera Philadelphia); Sharon Falconer, Elmer Gantry (Florentine Opera)

Charles Eaton
Carl-Magnus Malcom

Madison Opera Debut: Morales, Carmen (2017)
Recently: Mr. Lindquist, A Little Night Music (Des Moines Metro Opera); Bello, La Fanciulla del West; Figaro, The Barber of Seville; The Sailor, The Scarlet Letter; Father, Hansel and Gretel (Opera Colorado); Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera del West); Taddeo, The Italian Girl in Algiers (La Musica Lirica)

Emily Glick

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Rose, Ashayna Maidel; Mary Boyle, Juno (TimeLine Theatre Company); Quintet, Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre); Obama’s Mom, Jabari Dreams of Freedom (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Colette, La Cage aux Folles; Marie, The Nutcracker (Marriott Theatre); Clara, The Yiddisher Teddy Bears (The Public Theatre); Zipporah, Milk and Honey (Musicals Tonight!)

Emily Secor
Mrs. Nordstrom

Madison Opera Studio Artist
Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Gretel, Hansel and Gretel; Nightingale, Country Lass, The Enchanted Child (University of Northern Iowa); Valencienne, The Merry Widow; First Lady, The Magic Flute; La Musica, L’Orfeo (Luther College)

Cassandra Vasta
Mrs. Anderssen

Madison Opera Debut: Quartet, Little Women
Recently: Ensemble, Sweeney Todd (Mills City Opera); Ivette, La Rondine; Sylviane, The Merry Widow (Skylark Opera); Patty Andrews, Sisters of Swing (St. Croix Off Broadway); Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen; Tytania, A Midsummer Nights Dream; Papagena, The Magic Flute; Jano, Jenůfa (University Minnesota)

Kirsten Larson
Mrs. Segstrom

Madison Opera Studio Artist
Madison Opera Debut:
Lola, Cavalleria Rusticana (2017)
Cousin Hebe, H.M.S. Pinafore (Madison Savoyards); Fox, The Cunning Little Vixen; Meg Page, Falstaff; Ilona Ritter, She Loves Me; Baba the Turk, The Rake’s Progress (Louisiana State University); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (Louisiana State University, UW-Madison); Second Lady, The Magic Flute (UW-Madison); Celeste #1, Sunday in the Park with George; Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel (Middleton Players Theatre)

Upcoming: Water Sprite, Rusalka (Madison Opera)

Benjamin Liupaogo
Mr. Erlanson

Madison Opera Studio Artist
Madison Opera Debut:
Remendado, Carmen (2017)

Recently: Rodolfo, La Bohème (UW-Madison); Remendado, Don José (cover), Carmen (Madison Opera); Sam Kaplan, Street Scene; Pastore I, L’Orfeo (DePaul Opera Theatre); Tamino, Die Zauberflöte (German for Singers Middlebury); Candide, Candide (Opera Notre Dame); Yakuside, Madama Butterfly (Opera in the Ozarks); Herr Vogelsang, The Impresario (Chicago College of Performing Arts); Ferrando, Cosi fan tutte (San Francisco State University)
Upcoming: Hunter, Rusalka (Madison Opera)

Stephen Hobe
Mr. Lindquist

Madison Opera Studio Artist
Madison Opera Debut
Argante, Rinaldo; John Proctor, The Crucible; David, A Hand of Bridge (Chicago Summer Opera); Silvio, Pagliacci (Main Street Opera); Chat/L’Harloge Comtaise, L’Enfant et les Sortileges (North Park University); Gamekeeper, The Cunning Little Vixen (Chicago College of Perfrming Arts)
Upcoming: Parson Peel, Patience and Sarah (Third Eye Theatre Ensemble)

John DeMain


Madison Opera Debut: The Magic Flute (1994)
Recently with MO: Florencia en el Amazonas, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Carmen, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
Recently: Porgy and Bess, Sweeney Todd (Glimmerglass Festival); Lost in the Stars (Washington National Opera); Show Boat (San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera)
Upcoming: Porgy and Bess (Seattle Opera); Candide (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Rusalka (Madison Opera)

Doug Scholz-Carlson
Stage Director

Madison Opera Debut: The Tender Land
Recently with MO: Romeo and Juliet (2016), The Barber of Seville (2015), Turn of the Screw


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