What our fans are saying

 Stage view from park path (C) Brian Hinrichs

Madison Opera’s Facebook fans have been vocal about their feelings for Opera in the Park. Here’s what they’re saying:

“What a wonderful event. It was a celebratory evening.” -Michael

“It was SENSATIONAL!!! A literal sea of people for as far as you could see…. some 14,000 of us! Way to go, Madison Opera!” -Pete

Congratulations on another spectacular Opera in the Park!” -Cate

Came from Rockford for the show, truly wonderful” -Dena

Bravo!!!! In a word… Wonderful!!! What a beautiful night for beautiful voices singing beautiful music ~ It is as if I slipped someone my personal request list. Again… Wonderful… Thank you to all of you~” -Rebecca

Our youngest fans (C) Brian Hinrichs

What the critics are saying

 Tenor Rodrick Dixon and soprano Anya Matanovic (C) Lucas Keapproth

Opera in the Park 2010 was a HUGE success! And we do mean huge, as a record setting audience of 14,000 people came out despite soaring temperatures and the threat of storms! I think it’s safe to say they were aptly rewarded for their bravery, especially according to these stellar reviews:

 View from the chorus (C) Tom Stone
And of course, it’s not too late to show your support for Opera in the Park. Donate online or simply text the word “Opera” to the number 20222 to contribute $10!

UPDATE – Here’s some more coverage of the event:

Everything to know for tonight

It’s here! Tonight at 8 p.m. the curtain goes up on Opera in the Park 2010. Dress rehearsal last night sounded fantastic, the weather is cooperating, and we are good to go. A great evening of opera under the stars awaits!

Here are some helpful links to prepare for your Opera in the Park experience:

It is also good to remember that food for sale in the park will include Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and a popcorn stand, with water and Pepsi products also available for purchase. Pack accordingly, arrive early if you can, and don’t worry if you can’t – there’s always a great spot to be discovered in the park!

Opera in the Press

Opera in the Park previews have all been published, here is a master list of links:

Plus, check out The Isthmus in print: “Bold Choices: Classical groups innovate with 2010-11 seasons,” or tune into WISC-TV today at Noon and WKOW27 today at 5 and 6 p.m.

UPDATE:  Click here to watch General Director Allan Naplan on “Wake Up Wisconsin” discussing Opera in the Park, or here to watch soprano Anya Matanovich on News at 12 on WISC-TV.