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
Board of Trustees
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*
R. Roth Judd
J. Marshall Osborn*
Wendy Moore Skinner
J. Ashley Taylor
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
There are currently no job openings at Madison Opera.