About Madison Opera

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 2020/21 season, Madison Opera celebrates our 60th 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 Fellow Travelers.  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 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


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

Board of Trustees

Officers

PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Peyton Engel*
VICE PRESIDENT – Susan Zaeske*
TREASURER – Connie Kinsella*
SECRETARY – Sharyn Stumpf*

Trustees

Carla J. Alvarado
Martin Barrett*
Gary Bennett
Viki Brigham
John Buscemi
Martha Casey
Leanne Cordisco
Peyton Engel*
David Flanders
Brian Haltinner
Brandon Hayes
Joyce Hirsch
Stephen Hurley*
R. Roth Judd
Connie Kinsella*
Fran Klos*
Franzo Law II
John Lemke*

Susan Lipp
Patti Lucas
Pete Lundberg*
Connie Maxwell
Michael McArdle
Sonja Micksch
Sally Miley*
J. Marshall Osborn*
Deepika Rajesh
Charles Snowdon*
Sharyn Stumpf*
J. Ashley Taylor
Thomas Terry*
Toby Wallach
Susan Zaeske*
*Executive Committee

Life Trustee

Aileen Jensen

Advisors

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

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.

Previous Studio Artists

Soprano
Emily Secor

Mezzo
Kirsten Larson

Tenor
Benjamin Hopkins

Baritone
Stephen Hobe

Soprano
Emily Secor

Mezzo
Kirsten Larson

Tenor
Benjamin Liupaogo

Baritone
Stephen Hobe

Soprano
Anna Polum

Mezzo
Megan Ott Romero

Tenor
Benjamin Liupaogo

Soprano
Anna Polum

Mezzo
Anna Parks

Baritone
James Held

Soprano
Marie McManama

Mezzo
Kelsey Park

Tenor
William Ottow

Baritone
Nathaniel Hill

Soprano
Chelsea Morris

Mezzo
Anna Laurenzo

Tenor
Thomas Leighton

Soprano
Gillian Hollis

Soprano
Jessie Lyons

Tenor
Scott Brunscheen

Soprano
Jeni Houser

Mezzo
Jessica Timman

Tenor
Adam Shelton

Baritone
John Arnold

Auditions

PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS

Principal Artist auditions are generally held every winter for the following season. Due to the pandemic, that may not be possible this season, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS

Studio Artist auditions are held every spring for the following season. Please check back in March 2021 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2021/22 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 Salvatore Vasta, Artistic Manager, at vasta@madisonopera.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.

Job Openings

There are currently no open job postings at Madison Opera.