GENERAL DIRECTOR – Kathryn Smith – Bio
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John DeMain – Bio
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE – Jennifer Fenster
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Beth Tolles
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Delaney Egan
MARKETING MANAGER – Jonathan Schroerlucke
ARTISTIC MANAGER – Salvatore Vasta III
Board of Trustees
PRESIDENT – Charles Snowdon*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
VICE PRESIDENT – Deepika Rajesh*
TREASURER – Sue Zaeske*
SECRETARY – Peyton Engel*
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT – Phil Certain*
R. Roth Judd
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
This season at Madison Opera: Nedda (cover), Pagliacci; Mrs. Nordstrom, Anne Egerman (cover), A Little Night Music; Wood Sprite, Rusalka (cover), Rusalka
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; Wood Sprite, Rusalka
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
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
Principal auditions are held in December. Please check back in October 2019 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2020/21 season.
STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS
Studio Artist are held every spring for the following season. See below for information regarding auditions for the 2019/20 season.
Studio Artists Audition Announcement
May 9, 2019 | Evening | Madison, WI
Madison Opera is holding auditions for Wisconsin and Upper-Midwest based young artists for its Studio Artists Program in the 2019/20 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 2019 and May 2020.
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. 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.
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.
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 job openings at Madison Opera.