Presenting the Madison Opera Center
On September 16, 2013, Madison Opera officially opened the doors to the Madison Opera Center. Located at 335 W. Mifflin Street, just one block from Overture Center’s Stage Door, our new home is both our artistic home and our administrative home. It features:
- The Millie & Marshall Osborn Rehearsal Hall – 4,600 square feet of rehearsal space, with a sprung wood floor, high ceilings, and large windows, and a grand piano
- The Kay & Martin Barrett Rehearsal Studio – a 650 square foot rehearsal studio with an upright piano, perfect for smaller rehearsals
- The Lau & Bea Christensen Office Suite – our offices, two meeting rooms, open work space, and more
- The Michael Klos Music Library – featuring thousands of opera and classical recordings
And much more! Explore the sections in the Discover
menu to the left to learn all about the Madison Opera Center.
We Need Your Help
Although we have moved into the Opera Center, we have not completed it. Won’t you help us reach our campaign goal? Visit the Campaign section to learn more.
Madison Opera Center Events
Learn more about upcoming public events at the Madison Opera Center by visiting the Happenings section.
The Madison Opera Center is available for rental for rehearsals, meetings, special events, and more, with special rates for non-profit groups. Visit the Rentals section to learn more.
Interested in parking in Madison Opera’s covered ramp, located just a block from Overture and two blocks from the Capitol? Contact Urban Land Interests.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Madison Opera Center Building Fund. Thank you for helping us to literally build for our future – and that of the arts in our community.
A Letter from
Kathryn Smith, General Director
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five years since Madison Opera first quietly began looking for a home. With the help of an anonymous friend, about two years ago we found the perfect location and opportunity just one block from our performing home, the Overture Center for the Arts. When we purchased the space in July 2012, it had a dirt floor, no walls, and no HVAC system. We literally began dreaming from scratch, and it’s amazing that it came to fruition so fast.
We started the public campaign for the Opera Center in fall 2012, and the generosity of our Madison Opera family has been both inspiring and humbling. We have received over 180 gifts so far, in sizes from $10 to six-digits, totaling $1.4 million. We cannot thank our supporters enough for all of their gifts, words of encouragement, words of caution, ideas, countless volunteer hours, and friendship.
But we still need your help. Although we have moved into the Madison Opera Center, we still have a long way to go. The more we can raise towards our total campaign goal, the more resources we can direct to providing all the artistic tools that any group using the rehearsal space might need, and the stronger the move towards long-term financial stability for the Opera.
Naming opportunities within the Center are still available and donor recognition benefits are plentiful. Donations of $250 and above will get their name on our Pillars of Philanthropy in the Millie and Marshall Osborn Rehearsal Hall. This is truly our family tree, and I hope you will add your name to it.
All donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated.
You can make a donation online. For more information, or to discuss naming opportunities or a multi-year pledge, please contact Beth Tolles at 608-238-8085 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Madison Opera Center Building Fund. Thank you for helping us to literally build our future — and that of the arts in our community.
The Madison Opera Center is officially open! We will be hosting public events throughout the season, and encourage you to check back often for news, updates, and calendars. If you'd like to be kept in the loop, simply sign-up to receive our emails.
Upcoming Public Events
Opera Novice: Tosca
Friday, October 11, 5:30-6:30pm
First-time opera-goer? Join us for a short, fun, and informative evening, featuring performances, anecdotes, and a chance to ask your questions. More details to come! This event is FREE, but an RSVP is appreciated so we can make sure you get a chair.
Saturday, November 2
Save the date to stop by and tour the Madison Opera Center, as part of a celebration of National Opera Week. More details to come!
Events at the Madison Opera Center are sponsored by
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The Madison Opera Center can be rented for a variety of events, including rehearsals, receptions, meetings, civic gatherings, and community programs. We have two primary spaces: the Millie & Marshall Osborn Rehearsal Hall and the Kay & Martin Barrett Rehearsal Studio. Rates vary depending on the nature of the event. Download our one-page Facility Rentals Information PDF.
The Millie & Marshall Osborn Rehearsal Hall
The Rehearsal Hall is 4,654 square feet.
| Up to 4 Hours
| Full Day
The Kay & Martin Barrett Rehearsal Studio
The Rehearsal Studio is 649 square feet.
| Up to 4 Hours
| Full Day
*PLEASE NOTE: rates vary depending on the nature of the event. These rates are for general standard rehearsals. Other special events held on evenings and weekends or that require additional set-up, Opera staff supervision, and/or have heavy public traffic in a short period of time may carry a higher rate, subject to discussion and the Opera’s discretion.
The Madison Opera Center Kitchen
The kitchen is catering-ready, and may be used as part of a rental package. The kitchen has modern appliances, including a stove, refrigerator, microwave, and garbage disposal, and plenty of counter space.
of 10% apply if using the Rehearsal Hall for six days out of seven (i.e. weekly usage) or using the Rehearsal Studio on a regular basis for a long period of time (i.e. every Tuesday evening for six months).
Four-hour rates only apply if not leaving the room set up beyond that period of time, or if the room can be cleared and used for another event before / after the four-hour period. If the Opera has another user for the hall/studio on that day and the Tenant wishes their set-up to remain undisturbed, they will be charged the Full Day rate. If no other user is scheduled, Tenant may leave their set-up.
If Tenant is renting the Rehearsal Hall for a weekly usage, the Dark Days will not be charged, but the Opera reserves the right to use Rehearsal Hall for its own purposes on such a day, as long as rehearsal tape is not disturbed and any set-up such as tables and chairs are returned to their correct position prior to the Tenant’s next rehearsal.
Please note: These rates and this fee structure are for the first season the Opera Center is open. We will revisit both rates and fee structure following each season, as appropriate.
- Special Events that require additional set-up from staff and/or have heavy public traffic in a short period of time may carry a higher rate, subject to discussion and the Opera’s discretion.
- No cleaning fee will be charged, unless the rehearsal hall or its adjacent areas (kitchen, restrooms, lobby) is left in such a manner that requires extra cleaning. Examples would be dishes left in the sink, trash not thrown out, and counters left dirty. There will be an additional cleaning charge of $50 for each such instance.
- Usage of piano (grand piano upstairs, upright piano downstairs) is included for rehearsals, if requested. Pianos will be tuned on a regular basis; if tenant requests that the piano be tuned specifically prior to their rehearsal / event, they will be charged the tuning fee.
For more information, please contact Madison Opera at (608) 238-8085, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org