Opera in the Park 2012 | A Magical Night

Our 11th annual Opera in the Park this past Saturday was, as one attendee described it, “brilliant!”. The crowd filled Garner Park to hear the talented voices of our stars soaring through the air.The event was a big hit with attendees and critics alike!

Madison Opera’s “Opera in the Park” again hits all the right notes
“Over two hours, [the audience] consistently cheered and at the end gave a standing ovation…” — Jacob Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear

Opera in the Park serenades and seduces with songs of love
“The mix of love songs, beautiful voices, perfectly pleasant weather and clear skies made this year’s event an ideal evening to fall in love with opera.” — Rena Archwamety, 77 Square

Singers sample upcoming roles at Opera in the Park with Madison Opera
“This year’s Opera in the Park…brought together an unusually fine group of guest soloists, all with excellent voices and seasoned experience.” — John Barker, The Isthmus
Our summer intern, Isabella Livorni, managed to snag a few moments with Opera in the Park Event Coordinator (and all-around superwoman) Karra Beach, whose leadership makes this Madison summer tradition possible.

Thank you to all of our patrons who came out for a beautiful evening in Garner Park. We hope to see you in the theatre during the upcoming 2012/13 Season of Temptation!

Opera in the Park 2012 | Essentials

Opera in the Park is set to go this Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Garner Park. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your evening:


  • Garner Park is located at 333 S. Rosa Rd. Parking is available across Mineral Point Rd. in University Research Park, and off of Rosa Rd. in CUNA Mutual. Handicap parking and drop-off is along Rosa Rd.

    Please note: Rosa Rd. is currently under construction. The road is not blocked and traffic can still pass, but allow a little extra time for delays.


  • The park will open at 7 a.m. for those wishing to place chairs or blankets early in the day. Many people do this, but Garner Park is big: there is plenty of space, especially up the hill, even if you arrive at or after 8 p.m.


  • Picnicking is allowed and encouraged. Feel free to bring your own alcoholic beverages, but note that no wine or beer is for sale in the park. We encourage you to bring plenty of water.
  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is the only vendor in the park, in addition to sodas and water for sale by Madison Opera.


  • Raffle tickets will be sold in the park for $10 and 3 for $25. Prizes are an opera season package, $1,500, and a grand prize of $3,000. This is a great way to support Opera in the Park!
  • Programs for Opera in the Park are available for free. You can read the program, and get information about the evening’s entertainment, in the Opera in the Park 2012 guide.
  • Lightsticks, glow necklaces, and glow glasses are sold for $1. Be prepared for lightstick conducting in the second half of the program! Souvenir t-shirts will be available for sale again this year. Opera in the Park 2012 t-shirts are $12.

Forecast updates, and in the event of severe weather, a notice of postponement, will be announced at this page on the Madison Opera website. The rain-date for Opera in the Park is Sunday, July 22, same place and time.