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 – John Lemke*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Peyton Engel*
VICE PRESIDENT – Susan Zaeske*
TREASURER – Connie Kinsella*
SECRETARY – Sharyn Stumpf*
Carla J. Alvarado
R. Roth Judd
Franzo Law II
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.
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
Due to COVID-19, our theater will remain closed until Dec. 1, thereby cancelling our fall production of Il Trovatore and its ancillary events, which ordinarily would involve the Studio Artists. We are therefore not going to have Studio Artists in the fall, as we are creating digital content with artists who have worked with us in the past. We plan to resume performances in Overture in the new year with She Loves Me and The Marriage of Figaro.
Therefore, our current plan is to hold Studio Artist auditions in September, with the engagement of said artists being from January to May 2021. 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 January 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
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 2022/23 season.
To be added to our notification list for any of our auditions, please contact Salvatore Vasta, Artistic Manager, at email@example.com.
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.