GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith – Bio
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain – Bio
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Delaney Egan
MARKETING MANAGER – Jonathan Schroerlucke
ARTISTIC MANAGER – Salvatore Vasta III
Board of Trustees
PRESIDENT – Charles Snowdon*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
VICE PRESIDENT – Deepika Rajesh*
TREASURER – Sue Zaeske*
SECRETARY – Peyton Engel*
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Phil Certain*
R. Roth Judd
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.
M.M. – University of Northern Iowa
B.A. – Luther College
Madison Opera Debut: Mrs. Nordstrom, A Little Night Music (2019)
Recently at MO: 1st Wood Sprite, Rusalka
This season at MO: Annina, cover Violetta, La Traviata; Miss Lightfoot, Fellow Travelers; Minerva, cover Eurydice, Orpheus in the Underworld
M.M. – Louisiana State University
B.S. – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison Opera Debut: Lola, Cavalleria Rusticana (2018)
Recently at MO: Mrs. Segstrom, A Little Night Music; 3rd Wood Sprite, Rusalka
This season at MO: Flora, La Traviata; cover Mary Johnson, Fellow Travelers; Venus, cover Public Opinion, Orpheus in the Underworld
M.M. – Oklahoma City University
B.M. – Oklahoma Baptist University
This season at Madison Opera: Gastone, cover Alfredo, La Traviata; cover Timothy Laughlin, Fellow Travelers; cover Orpheus, Orpheus in the Underworld
M.M. – Roosevelt University
B.A. – Carthage College
Madison Opera Debut: Villager, Pagliacci (2018)
Recently at MO: Mr. Lindquist, A Little Night Music
This season at MO: Marquis d’Obigny, La Traviata; Potter’s Assistant/Book Seller/Party Guest/Technician/French Priest, Fellow Travelers; cover Jupiter, Orpheus in the Underworld
Principal auditions are held in December. Please check back in October 2019 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2020/21 season.
STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Studio Artist auditions are held every spring for the following season. Please check back in February 2020 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2020/21 season.
MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS
Madison Opera is holding chorus auditions for productions in the 2019/20 season and beyond. See below for information regarding auditions.
MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT
June 27, 2019 | 6:00pm-8:30pm
Madison Opera Center, Madison, WI
Applicants should prepare one piece of their choice for the audition – an aria, art song, or classical musical theatre piece is acceptable. No sight-singing or scales will be done. An accompanist will be provided free of charge; please bring your music.
To schedule an audition, please e-mail your request with your voice type, cell phone and email address to Salvatore Vasta III, Artistic Manager or call (608)-238-8085.
Please note: The Madison Opera Chorus rehearses regularly beginning approximately six weeks before a production opens. Chorus members receive an honorarium for their participation. Chorus needs for the 2019/20 season includes La Traviata, Orpheus in the Underworld, and Opera in the Park 2020. This summer’s Opera in the Park 2019 chorus has already been selected.
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.
TITLE: Marketing Manager
AVAILABLE: June 17, 2019
POSITION SUMMARY: Madison Opera seeks a highly-organized professional to join its team and manage all aspects of the company’s marketing and communications. The Marketing Manager handles all promotional and public relations activities, whether online, in print, or in person. They maintain a superior level of professionalism, accuracy, courtesy, and efficiency in interactions with varied constituencies.
TITLE: Patron Services Manager
AVAILABLE: July 1, 2019
POSITION SUMMARY: Madison Opera seeks a 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. He / she maintains a superior level of professionalism, accuracy, courtesy, and efficiency, providing the highest level of service to patrons.
Join fellow Madison music-lovers on trips to Chicago.
Opera trips for the 2019/20 season have not yet been announced.