A blood-stained knife.
A love triangle that isn’t really a triangle.
And an adorable golden sheep.


Welcome to our 2023/24 season, which showcases the range of opera, with works spanning two centuries, three languages, and vastly different plots.

Tosca is pure musical drama, with a fast-paced story, a soprano and tenor in peril, and split-second decisions that have fatal consequences.

The Anonymous Lover is a charming comedy by a celebrated 18th-century composer whose work has been unjustly neglected until recently.

Candide is a glorious combination of tragedy, comedy, and impossible situations that result in a sublime whole.

Please join us all season long, as we revel in the joys of shared theatrical and musical experiences.

2023/24 Season


by Giacomo Puccini

Friday, November 3, 2023 at 8 pm
Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm
Overture Hall

The Anonymous Lover

by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Friday, February 2, 2024 at 8 pm
Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 2:30 pm
Capitol Theater


by Leonard Bernstein

Friday, April 26, 2024 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 2:30 pm
Overture Hall

Radio Broadcasts

Relive the music moments of the 2022/23 season!

Madison Opera has partnered with Wisconsin Public Radio to broadcast this season’s productions of Strauss’s Salome and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in June.

Listen for free on the radio across Wisconsin or online across the globe. Visit wpr.org/listen-live for details on how to tune in.


by Richard Strauss

Saturday, June 17, 2023 – 12 PM Central
Recorded November 2022

The princess Salome becomes obsessed with Jochanaan (John the Baptist), the prisoner of King Herod, her stepfather. After a banquet one night, Herod promises Salome anything she wants if she will dance – so she does, and then asks for a violent favor in return.

Starring: Amanda Majeski, Craig Irvin, Dennis Petersen, Lauren Decker, Chaz’men Williams-Ali, Quinn Middleman, Robert A. Goderich, David Blalock, George Abbott III, Evan Mitchell, David Guzmán, Alan Dunbar, Pedro Valdez, Andrew Wilkowske, Sam Handley, Lindsey Meekhof, Ryan White.

Conducted by John DeMain. With the Madison Symphony Orchestra

The Marriage of Figaro

By W.A. Mozart

Saturday, June 24, 2022 – 12 PM Central
Recorded April 2023

The opera takes place on one day, and tells of Susanna and Figaro’s maneuvering to get married as they plot around the Count with the help of the Countess and several people with their own agendas. Music elevates every moment, and the flaws of humanity give way to the beauty of compassion.

Starring: Jasmine Habersham, Elizabeth Caballero, Matt Boehler, Michael Adams, Kirsten Lippart, Margaret Gawryziak, Alannah Spencer, Benjamin Sieverding, Tyrese Byrd, David Guzmán, Pedro Valdez

Conducted by Stephanie Rhodes Russell. With the Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra