GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith – Bio
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain – Bio
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
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
JUST ANNOUNCED: STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Madison Opera is holding auditions for Wisconsin and Upper Midwest-based young artists to participate in our Studio Artist Program in the 2021/22 season. Auditions will be held in person for fully-vaccinated artists only on June 19. Artists who are not yet fully-vaccinated, or who are unable to audition in person on June 19, will be asked to submit two video recordings as their audition.
Studio Artist responsibilities include covering mainstage roles, singing small roles or chorus as appropriate, and performing previews and other activities as scheduled by mutual agreement between September 2021 and May 2022. Please note that this is not a full-time program, and compensation will be based on specific assignments. While there is no specific age range required, artists should have completed their undergraduate degree and be in the early stages of a professional opera career.
To be considered for an audition, or for more information, please email your resume and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Patron Services Manager
Madison Opera seeks a highly organized, customer service-oriented individual to join its team. The Patron Service Manager handles all ticketing activities, as well as assisting in the implementation of development and marketing activities. They maintain a superior level of professionalism, accuracy, courtesy, and efficiency, providing the highest level of service to patrons.