A Time to Return
Madison Opera’s 2021/22 Season


Opera is for a lifetime, not just a minute.

– Kiri Te Kanawa

After a year of sharing music through a screen, we are so looking forward to being back in the theater with all of you. Nothing can replace the energy that we feel on both sides of the footlights as the curtain goes up, and artists and audiences share an unrepeatable moment in time.

Our 2021/22 season starts in Scotland (via Italy), travels to Hungary (via Broadway), and then finishes in Mt. Olympus and Hades (via France):

Lucia di Lammermoor is Italian opera at its most classic, with a soprano and tenor whose love is destroyed by a baritone, and the greatest mad scene of all time.

She Loves Me comes from the golden age of Broadway musicals, when young couples exchanged witty barbs, mistaken identities could be easily resolved, and happiness was just around the corner.

Orpheus in the Underworld is a delicious spoof of mythology, as gods and mortals collide. Nothing is taken seriously in Offenbach’s operetta, other than the need to have fun.

Every show offers the chance to connect with our community through music and drama, through tears and laughter, and through friendship and compassion.

Please join us as we return to the theater, and celebrate the sheer joy of shared operatic experiences.

FORBIDDEN LOVE,
POLITICAL INTRIGUE,
AND A SOPRANO GONE MAD.
Lucia di Lammermoor

by Gaetano Donizetti

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 8 pm
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Overture Hall

LOVE CAN’T HIDE
BEHIND PAPER AND PEN.
She Loves Me

Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Capitol Theater

I HEAR THERE’S A PARTY IN HELL.
LET’S GO!
Orpheus in the Underworld

by Jacques Offenbach
English translation by Jeremy Sams

Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Overture Hall

Benjamin Taylor
tenor

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