GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Michael Hoke
MARKETING MANAGER – Jonathan Schroerlucke
ARTISTIC MANAGER – Salvatore Vasta III
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Kenneth Ferencek
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / WAREHOUSE MANAGER – Billy Larimore
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER – Jill Krynicki
Board of Trustees
PRESIDENT – Phil Certain*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Snowdon*
VICE PRESIDENT – Maryann Sumi*
TREASURER – John Ronzia*
SECRETARY – Deepika Rajesh*
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Sally Miley*
Carla J. Alvarado
R. Roth Judd
J. Marshall Osborn*
Wendy Moore Skinner
J. Ashley Taylor
M.M. – University of Northern Iowa
B.A. – Luther College
This season at Madison Opera: Nedda (cover), Pagliacci; Mrs. Nordstrom, Anne Egerman (cover), A Little Night Music; Water Sprite, Rusalka (cover), Rusalka
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)
M.M. – Louisiana State University
B.S. – University of Wisconsin-Madison
This season at Madison Opera: Lola, Cavalleria Rusticana; Mrs. Segstrom, Charlotte Malcolm (cover), A Little Night Music; Water Sprite, Rusalka
Recently: 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)
Graduate Performance Diploma – DePaul University
M.M. – Roosevelt University
B.M. – San Francisco State University
Madison Opera Debut: Remendado, Carmen 2017
This season at Madison Opera: Turridu/Canio (cover), Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci; Mr. Erlanson, A Little Night Music; Hunter, Prince (cover), Rusalka
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, The Magic Flute (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)
M.M. – Roosevelt University
B.A. – Carthage College
This season at Madison Opera: Alfio/Silvio (cover), Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci; Mr. Lindquist, Count Malcolm (cover), A Little Night Music
Recently: 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)
Principal Artist auditions are held in November or December. Check back in October 2018 for the next audition dates.
STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Studio Artist are held every spring for the following season. Check back in March 2019 for the next audition date.
Madison Opera is holding chorus auditions for productions in the 2018/19 season and beyond on Friday, July 13th beginning at 6:30pm.
Applicants should prepare one piece of their choice for the audition – an aria, art song, or classical musical theatre piece is acceptable. No sight-singing or scales will be done. An accompanist will be provided free of charge; please bring your music.
To schedule an audition, please e-mail your request with your voice type, cell phone and email address to Salvatore Vasta III, Artistic Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608)-238-8085.
Please note: The Madison Opera Chorus rehearses regularly beginning approximately six weeks before a production opens. Chorus members receive an honorarium for their participation. Chorus needs for the 2018/19 season includes Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, Rusalka, and Opera in the Park 2019. This summer’s Opera in the Park 2018 chorus has already been selected.
If you would like to receive email notifications of audition dates, please email your resume to Salvatore Vasta, Artistic Manager.
Patron Services Manager
Madison Opera, now finishing its 57th season, seeks a highly organized, customer service-oriented individual to join its team. The Patron Service Manager handles all ticketing activities, as well as assisting in the implementation of development and marketing activities. He / she maintains a superior level of professionalism, accuracy, courtesy, and efficiency, providing the highest level of service to patrons.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume by July 5 to Jennifer Fenster. No phone calls, please.
The Margaret C. Winston
Madison Opera Center
Located at 335 W. Mifflin Street, just one block from Overture Center’s Stage Door, the Margaret C. Winston Madisn Opera Center is both our artistic home and our administrative home, with our offices, rehearsal hall, costume shop and more. Over the course of a season, the Opera Center is home to auditions, rehearsals, meetings, previews, donor events, and so much more.