Opera in the Park 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 8pm | Garner Park

Free Admission

Join us for the 17th year of a Madison summer tradition!

Opera in the Park has become the very definition of what Madison Opera means to our community. In beautiful Garner Park, the stars come out in the sky, the light sticks come out in the audience, and singers from our upcoming season share their favorite opera and musical theater numbers.

Opera in the Park 2018 stars sopranos Elizabeth Caballero and Brenda Rae; tenor John Lindsey; baritone Levi Hernandez; the Madison Opera Chorus, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, all under the baton of Gary Thor Wedow. Repertoire will be announced in early summer.

Come discover what happens when our community comes together around beautiful performances, beautiful music, and a beautiful summer night.

Garner Park opens at 7am the day of the concert. Blankets, chairs, food and beverages are allowed.

Weather policy

We will decide by 5pm on Saturday if we need to postpone the concert to Sunday due to the weather. That decision will be posted on the homepage of our website, through social media, on our voicemail, and through the media.


Opera in the Park is a success because of the dedicated volunteers that help us run the event every year. We have a variety of different volunteer tasks that suit a wide range of skill levels, including set-up, clean-up, helping with parking, driving a golf cart, handing out programs, and selling light sticks. For a full list of tasks and descriptions, click HERE.

For more information on volunteering, contact us.

Opera in the Park Challenge

Support Opera in the Park and your gift will be DOUBLED!

Opera in the Park is only possible with donations from members of our community, including you. Please consider keeping great music accessible to everyone by making a gift to Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park Fund. Any donation you make between now and August 31 will be matched by anonymous friends of Madison Opera, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000! This will double your gift’s impact and help us keep Opera in the Park a FREE event.

Go Behind the Scenes of Opera in the Park 2018

with Billy Larimore and Jill Krynicki

Get to know the artists


Elizabeth Caballero

Madison Opera Debut: Opera in the Park 2007
Recently at MO: Florencia, Florencia en el Amazonas; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni; Violetta, La Traviata; Micaela, Carmen (2009)
Recently: Mimì, La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater); Cio-Cio San, Madama Butterfly (Pensacola Opera); Violetta, La Traviata (Compañía Lírica de Costa Rica, Opera Carolina); The Moon, Before Night Falls (Florida Grand Opera); Nedda, Pagliacci (Arizona Music Fest)

Upcoming: Governess, The Turn of the Screw (Seattle Opera); Mimì, La Bohème (Austin Opera)

Brenda Rae

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor; Violetta, La Traviata (Santa Fe Opera); Amina, La Sonnambula; Glida, Rigoletto; Zdenka, Arabella (Oper Frankfurt); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos; The Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute (Bayerische Staatsoper); Amenaide, Tancredi (Opera Philadelphia); Lulu, Lulu (English National Opera)

Upcoming: Cunegonde, Candide (Santa Fe Opera); Konstanze, The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opernhaus Zürich); Elvira, I Puritani (Oper Frankfurt); Ginevra, Ariodante (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Semele, Semele (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées)

Levi Hernandez

Madison Opera Debut: Papageno, The Magic Flute (2006) 
Recently at MO: Alvaro, Florencia en el Amazonas
Ford, Falstaff (Intermountain Opera); Alvaro, Florencia en el Amazonas (San Diego Opera, Arizona Opera); Marcello, La Bohème (Opera Colorado); Shuisky, Dimitrij; Guglielmo, Le Villi; Remigio, La Navarraise (BARD Summerscape Music Festival); Pa Joad, The Grapes of Wrath; Music Master, Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera Theatre of St. Louis); Sharpless, Madama Butterfly; Germont, La Traviata (Opera Roanoke)
Upcoming: Rambaldo, La Rondine (Minnesota Opera); Sharpless, Madama Butterfly (Virginia Opera); Pa Joad, The Grapes of Wrath (Michigan Opera Theater); Rabbi Lampert, Enemies, A Love Story (Kentucky Opera)

John Lindsey

Madison Opera Debut
Recently: Froh, Das Rheingold (Arizona Opera); Steva, Jenufa (Pacific Opera Victoria); Jonathan Dale, Silent Night (Michigan Opera Theatre); Narraboth, Salome (Minnesota Orchestra); Ben Marco, The Manchurian Candidate (Austin Opera); Don José, Carmen (Opera San Jose); Monostatos, The Magic Flute (Cincinnati Opera, Minnesota Opera); Lloyd, The Shining (Minnesota Opera); Joe, La Fanciulla del West (Des Moines Metro Opera)
Upcoming:  Jonathan Dale, Silent Night (Austin Opera); Prince, Rusalka (Madison Opera)

Gary Thor Wedow

Madison Opera Debut: Opera in the Park 2011
Recently with MO: The Magic Flute, Opera in the Park 2016

Recently: Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Marriage of Figaro (Utah Opera); Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, I Have No Stories to Tell You (Opera Philadelphia); Orfeo ed Euridice (Des Moines Metro Opera); La Cenerentola (San Diego Opera)
Upcoming: L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Cincinnati Opera); Don Pasquale (Pittsburgh Opera)


Candide (Bernstein)
Ah! Non Credea Mirarti
La Sonnambula (Bellini)
Silvio! A Quest’ora
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Vesti la Giubba
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Easter Hymn
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
Questo Amor
Edgar (Puccini)
Song to the Moon
Rusalka (Dvořák)
Send in the Clowns
A Little Night Music (Sondheim)
A Weekend in the Country
A Little Night Music (Sondheim)
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)

O Mimì, Tu Più Non Torni
La Bohème (Puccini)
Signore, Ascolta!
Turandot (Puccini)
Nessun Dorma
Turandot (Puccini)
Ya Mis Horas Felices
La del Soto del Parral (Soutullo and Vert)
Glitter and Be Gay
Candide (Bernstein)
Lucky To Be Me
On the Town (Bernstein)
De España Vengo
El Niño Judío (Luna)
Blah, Blah, Blah
Delicious (Gershwin)
I Could Have Danced All Night
My Fair Lady (Loewe)
It’s a Grand Night for Singing
State Fair (Rodgers) 

*All repertoire subject to change

Opera in the Park 2018 Sponsors

Raymond B. Preston
Family Foundation

Opera in the Park 2018 Media Sponsors