Madison Opera is a non-profit, professional opera company based in Madison, Wisconsin. A resident organization of the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Opera produces three operas annually in addition to Opera in the Park and a variety of educational programming.

With the 2018/19 season, Madison Opera celebrates our 58th year of being one of only two opera companies in Wisconsin that provide the experience of fully-staged grand opera.  Our mission is to produce opera of the highest artistic standards, and our three mainstage productions draw over 10,000 audience members each year to the Overture Center to enjoy both classic operas such as Carmen and modern masterpieces such as Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.  Our gift to the community, Opera in the Park, attracts over 15,000 people to Madison from across Wisconsin for a free concert on a beautiful July evening.

Staff

GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith Bio
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain – Bio
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Delaney Egan
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

Officers

PRESIDENT – Charles Snowdon*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
VICE PRESIDENT – Deepika Rajesh*
TREASURER – Sue Zaeske*
SECRETARY – Peyton Engel*
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Phil Certain*

Trustees

Maytee Aspuro
Martin Barrett*
Gary Bennett
Phillip Certain*
Leanne Cordisco
David Flanders
Brian Haltinner
Brandon Hayes
Joyce Hirsch
Stephen Hurley
R. Roth Judd
Connie Kinsella
Fran Klos
Susan Lipp

Pete Lundberg
Connie Maxwell
Michael McArdle
Sonja Micksch
Sally Miley*
J. Marshall Osborn*
Wendy Moore Skinner
Kirsten Spira
Sharyn Stumpf
Maryann Sumi
J. Ashley Taylor
Toby Wallach
*Executive Committee

Life Trustee

Aileen Jensen

Advisors

Bert Adams
Marian Bolz
Kennedy Gilchrist
Fern Lawrence
Elaine Staley
Karen Walsh
Helen Wineke

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 Madison 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.

The Opera Center may be rented for rehearsals and events; the parking ramp associated is available for public parking.

Studio Artists

Emily Secor
Soprano

Education: 
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

Kirsten Larson
Mezzo-Soprano

Education:
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

Benjamin Liupaogo
Tenor

Education:
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

Stephen Hobe
Baritone

Education:
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

Auditions

PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS
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.

CHORUS AUDITIONS
Chorus auditions are held in July.  Check back in June 2019 for the next audition date.

If you would like to receive email notifications of audition dates, please email Salvatore Vasta, Artistic Manager.

Production Assistant Program

The Production Assistant position at Madison Opera offers a hands-on experience in a professional opera environment. This volunteer position can be listed on college applications, job applications and resumés. The PA does a few hours during prep week, comes to all chorus stagings, and all tech rehearsals and performances.

Examples of tasks include: support the stage management team with rehearsal operations, help to cue cast members, help set up/take down rehearsal, help track entrances and exits, help track and reset props during staging, put timings in the score, keep track of the emergency contact forms, light walking, help with hospitality, help tape out the floor, have duties during the performances, manage the call board and cast call times, etc.  The PA is a part of the team, and is included in all production-related events. Tasks are assigned based on interest and aptitude.

What you get out of it: experience with a professional stage management team and opera professionals, in a supportive learning environment. You can learn organization skills, people skills, communication skills, teamwork, attention to detail, time management skills, etc. The skills you learn as a stage manager can be transferred to any field. If you are interested in a career in opera, this is a great way to make networking connections and get a foot in the door.

No prior experience is necessary. Ability to read music is helpful, and will open up more task levels. Interest in stage management, willingness to learn, willingness to be helpful, friendliness, and enthusiasm is a must.

We have 2-3 positions each season.

Job Openings

There are currently no job openings at Madison Opera.

Opera Trips

Join fellow Madison music-lovers on trips to Chicago.

The 2018/19 trips to Lyric Opera of Chicago will include Idomeneo, Cendrillon, and Ariodante. Please contact Fern Lawrence to reserve your tickets: (608) 238-1529 or fernlawrence@hotmail.com.