Welcome to the 2019/20 season

Opera begins with people – on stage and in the audience.

The magic of opera happens when its stories and music connect everyone, tapping into a shared sense of humanity. Madison Opera’s 2019/20 season features three different opportunities to reflect on and rediscover our common journey.

Set in then-contemporary 1850s Paris, La Traviata tells of a young woman on the outskirts of “decent” society whose striving for love is made impossible by societal mores.

Taking place almost exactly a century later in Washington, D.C., Fellow Travelers tells of two men embarking on a relationship at a time when discovery meant ruin, due to the McCarthy-era “Lavender Scare.”

Leaving reality behind, Orpheus in the Underworld is set on earth, Mt. Olympus, and Hades, as mortals and gods collide in this delicious spoof of mythology that takes nothing seriously, other than the need to have fun.

Please join us all season to experience these stories and the full range of emotions they evoke.

2019/20 Season

LOVE IS THE HEARTBEAT OF THE UNIVERSE.
LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE.

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I HEAR THERE’S A PARTY IN HELL.
LET’S GO!

Extra-Operatic Events

Radio Broadcasts

Each May, Madison Opera and Wisconsin Public Radio partner to present recorded broadcasts of two operas from the recent Madison Opera season.