GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith – Bio
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain – Bio
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION – Jill Krynicki
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Chloe Agostino
COMPANY MANAGER – Samantha Garcia
MARKETING MANAGER – Taylor Renée Horne
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / WAREHOUSE MANAGER – Billy Larimore
MUSIC ASSISTANT – Aubrie Jacobson
Board of Trustees
PRESIDENT – Peyton Engel*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Martha Casey*
VICE PRESIDENT – Lynn Mecklenburg*
TREASURER – Brian Haltinner*
SECRETARY – Franzo Law II*
Carla J. Alvarado
J. Marshall Osborn*
Madison Opera Foundation
Established in 2001, the Madison Opera Foundation is an important part of Madison Opera’s financial structure. Managed by a board of directors, it oversees several funds, including the Madison Opera Endowment (for gifts given in perpetuity), the Madison Opera Reserve, and several donor-designated funds.
Board of Directors
PRESIDENT – Joyce Hirsch
J. Marshall Osborn
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 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.
MM – Indiana Univ.
BM – Oberlin Conservatory
This season at MO: Jeanette, Léontine (cover), The Anonymous Lover; chorus, Cunegonde (cover), Candide
MA – Queens College, CUNY
BM – Queens College, CUNY
This season at MO: cvr. Tosca, Tosca
MM – Univ. of Michigan
BM – Univ. of Michigan
This season at MO: Dorothée, The Anonymous Lover; Paquette, The Old Lady (cover), Candide
MM – Northwestern Univ.
BM – Michigan State
This season at MO: Spoletta, Cavaradossi (cover), Tosca; Colin, Valcour (cover), The Anonymous Lover; Candide (cover), Candide.
MM – Roosevelt Univ.
BM – Bowling Green State Univ.
This season at MO: Sciarrone, Sacristan (cover), Angelotti (cover), Tosca; Pangloss/Martin (cover), Candide
Megan Ott Romero
MADISON OPERA PRINCIPAL AUDITIONS – DECEMBER 11 & 13, 2023 | Madison Opera Center, Madison, WI
Madison Opera is holding auditions for U.S. artists residing in the Upper Midwest region (Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, etc), to be considered for principal and supporting roles in future seasons. Audition dates are Monday, December 11 beginning around 12noon and Wednesday, December 13 beginning around 12noon.
To be considered for an audition, please e-mail your resume, headshot, and preferred audition date to email@example.com. You will be contacted to schedule an audition time, if appropriate.
If granted an audition, singers should prepare four to five arias of varying styles and languages.
Note: These auditions are for principal roles only; studio artist and chorus auditions will be held at a later date.
MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS
The next round of Madison Opera Chorus auditions will be held in Summer 2024. Please check back in May 2024 for an audition announcement.
STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
The next round of Studio Artist auditions will be held in May/June 2024. Please check in April 2024 for an audition announcement.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Production Assistant Program
The Production Assistant position offers a hands-on experience in a professional opera environment. This paid, entry-level 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.
The History of Madison Opera
Since 1961, Madison Opera has presented over 70 different operas, composed from the 18th to the 21st century, performed in seven different languages. We have shared the magic of opera with generations of our community, as both opera and our city have evolved. Learn more about our history and details on past productions.
Madison Opera does not currently have any job openings.