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 – Charles Snowdon*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
VICE PRESIDENT – Deepika Rajesh*
TREASURER – Susan Zaeske*
SECRETARY – Peyton Engel*
Carla J. Alvarado
R. Roth Judd
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.
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
Previous Studio Artists
Megan Ott Romero
Principal Artist auditions are held every winter for the following season. Please check back in October 2020 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2021/22 season.
STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Unfortunately our planned auditions on May 12th have been canceled due to the “safer at home” mandate being extending in Wisconsin. Madison Opera will be re-scheduling the auditions for later in the spring/summer when we’re able to.
These auditions will be for Wisconsin and Upper-Midwest based young artists for its Studio Artists Program in the 2020/21 season.
Responsibilities will include covering mainstage roles, singing small roles as appropriate, and performing previews and other outreach activities as scheduled by mutual agreement between September 2020 and May 2021.
Please note: This is not a full-time program. Compensation will be based on specific assignments, and outreach activities will be scheduled by mutual agreement. While there is no specific age range, artists should have completed their undergraduate degree and be in the early stages of a professional opera career.
To be considered for an audition, please e-mail your resume, headshot, and phone number to Salvatore Vasta III – Artistic Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted to schedule an audition time, if appropriate.
Note: These auditions are for Studio Artists only; principal and chorus auditions will be held on future dates.
MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS
Madison Opera is holding chorus auditions for productions in the 2020/21 season and beyond. 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 at email@example.com or call (608)-238-8085.
Please note: The Madison Opera Chorus rehearses regularly beginning approximately six weeks before a production opens. Chorus members receive a small honorarium for their participation. Chorus needs for the 2020/21 season includes Il Trovatore, The Marriage of Figaro, and Opera in the Park 2021.
To be added to our notification list for any of our auditions, please contact Salvatore Vasta, Artistic Manager, at 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.