GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith – Bio
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain – Bio
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
ARTISTIC MANAGER – Salvatore Vasta III
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Samantha Garcia
MARKETING MANAGER – Andrew Rogers
Board of Trustees
PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Peyton Engel*
VICE PRESIDENT – Susan Zaeske*
TREASURER – Connie Kinsella*
SECRETARY – Sharyn Stumpf*
Carla J. Alvarado
R. Roth Judd
Franzo Law II
J. Marshall Osborn*
J. Ashley Taylor
The Margaret C. Winston
Madison Opera Center
Located at 335 W. Mifflin Street, just one block from Overture Center’s stage door, the Margaret C. Winston Madison Opera Center is both our artistic home and our administrative home, with our offices, rehearsal hall, costume shop and more. Over the course of a season, the Opera Center is home to auditions, rehearsals, meetings, previews, donor events, and so much more.
The Opera Center may be rented for rehearsals and events; the parking ramp associated is available for public parking.
The Studio Artist Program
Established in 2012, the Madison Opera Studio Artist Program is an important part of the company’s artistic and educational mission. The Studio Artists are three or four singers in the transitional period between university and their professional careers. Over the course of a season, Studio Artists perform small roles and understudy major roles in Madison Opera’s productions, as well as serving as the company’s musical ambassadors across our region. Due to the pandemic, we do not have a class of Studio Artists in the 20/21 season, but we look forward to bringing the program back for the 21/22 season.
Previous Studio Artists
Megan Ott Romero
Principal Artist auditions are generally held every winter for the following season. Please check back in October 2021 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2022/23 season.
STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Studio Artist auditions are held every spring for the following season. We are hopeful to hold these auditions in late May or early June 2021 for consideration in the 2021/22 season. When a date is set we will announce the auditions on this website, as well as YapTracker.
MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS
Chorus auditions are held every summer for the following season. Please check back in June 2021 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2021/22 season.
If you have questions about any of these auditions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Production Assistant Program
The Production Assistant position offers a hands-on experience in a professional opera environment. This volunteer position is ideal for college and high school students, giving them the chance to work backstage as part of the production team and learn stage management skills. Exact tasks are assigned based on interest and aptitude.
There are currently no open job postings at Madison Opera.