Madison Opera is a non-profit, professional opera company based in Madison, Wisconsin. A resident organization of the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Opera produces three operas annually in addition to Opera in the Park and a variety of educational programming.

With the 2018/19 season, Madison Opera celebrates our 58th year of being one of only two opera companies in Wisconsin that provide the experience of fully-staged grand opera.  Our mission is to produce opera of the highest artistic standards, and our three mainstage productions draw over 10,000 audience members each year to the Overture Center to enjoy both classic operas such as Carmen and modern masterpieces such as Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.  Our gift to the community, Opera in the Park, attracts over 15,000 people to Madison from across Wisconsin for a free concert on a beautiful July evening.

Staff

GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
MARKETING MANAGER – Jonathan Schroerlucke
ARTISTIC MANAGER – Salvatore Vasta III


PRODUCTION MANAGER – Kenneth Ferencek
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / WAREHOUSE MANAGER – Billy Larimore
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER – Jill Krynicki

Board of Trustees

Officers

PRESIDENT – Phil Certain*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Charles Snowdon*
VICE PRESIDENT – Maryann Sumi*
TREASURER – John Ronzia*
SECRETARY – Deepika Rajesh*
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Sally Miley*

Trustees

Carla J. Alvarado
Maytee Aspuro
Martin Barrett*
Gary Bennett
Leanne Cordisco
Peyton Engel
David Flanders
Brian Haltinner
Brandon Hayes
R. Roth Judd
Connie Kinsella
Fran Klos
John Lemke
Susan Lipp
Pete Lundberg

Patti Lucas
Connie Maxwell
Michael McArdle
Sonja Micksch
J. Marshall
Osborn*
Wendy Moore
Skinner
Kirstin Spira
Sharyn Stumpf
J. Ashley Taylor
Toby Wallach
Sue Zaeske
*Executive Committee

Life Trustee

Aileen Jensen

Advisors

Bert Adams
Marian Bolz
Kennedy Gilchrist
Fern Lawrence
Elaine Staley
Karen Walsh
Helen Wineke

Studio Artists

Emily Secor
Soprano

Education: 
M.M. – University of Northern Iowa
B.A. – Luther College
This season at Madison Opera: Nedda (cover), Pagliacci; Mrs. Nordstrom, Anne Egerman (cover), A Little Night Music; Water Sprite, Rusalka (cover), Rusalka

Kirsten Larson
Mezzo-Soprano

Education:
M.M. – Louisiana State University

B.S. – University of Wisconsin-Madison
This season at Madison Opera: Lola, Cavalleria Rusticana; Mrs. Segstrom, Charlotte Malcolm (cover), A Little Night Music; Water Sprite, Rusalka

Benjamin Liupaogo
Tenor

Education:
Graduate Performance Diploma – DePaul University

M.M. – Roosevelt University
B.M. – San Francisco State University
Madison Opera Debut: Remendado, Carmen (2017)
This season at Madison Opera: Turridu/Canio (cover), Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci; Mr. Erlanson, A Little Night Music; Hunter, Prince (cover), Rusalka

Stephen Hobe
Baritone

Education:
M.M. – Roosevelt University

B.A. – Carthage College
This season at Madison Opera: Alfio/Silvio (cover), Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci; Mr. Lindquist, Count Malcolm (cover), A Little Night Music

Auditions

PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS
Principal Artist auditions are held in November or December.  Check back in October 2018 for the next audition dates.

STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Studio Artist are held every spring for the following season.  Check back in March 2019 for the next audition date.

CHORUS AUDITIONS
Chorus auditions are held in July.  Check back in June 2019 for the next audition date.

If you would like to receive email notifications of audition dates, please email Salvatore Vasta, Artistic Manager, with the audition group you are interested in.

Job Openings

Patron Services Manager
Madison Opera, now finishing its 57th season, 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. He / she maintains a superior level of professionalism, accuracy, courtesy, and efficiency, providing the highest level of service to patrons. 

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume by July 5 to Jennifer Fenster. No phone calls, please.

Opera Trips

Join fellow Madison music-lovers on trips to Chicago.

The 2018/19 trips to Lyric Opera of Chicago will include Idomeneo, Cendrillon, and AriodanteMore information can be found here. Please contact Fern Lawrence to reserve your tickets: (608) 238-1529 or fernlawrence@hotmail.com.

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 Madisn 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.