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 2021/22 season, Madison Opera will celebrate our 61st 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
PATRON SERVICES MANAGER – Chloe Agostino
COMPANY MANAGER – Samantha Garcia
MARKETING & DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER – Andrew Rogers
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Kenneth Ferencek
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / WAREHOUSE MANAGER – Billy Larimore
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER – Jill Krynicki
MUSIC ASSISTANT – Aubrie Jacobson

Board of Trustees

Officers

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

Trustees

Carla J. Alvarado
Gary Bennett
John Buscemi
Martha Casey
Leanne Cordisco
David Flanders
Brian Haltinner
Brandon Hayes
Joyce Hirsch
Stephen Hurley*
R. Roth Judd
Fran Klos*

Franzo Law II
Susan Lipp
Patti Lucas
Pete Lundberg*
Connie Maxwell
Michael McArdle
Sally Miley*
J. Marshall Osborn*
Deepika Rajesh
Charles Snowdon*
J. Ashley Taylor
Toby Wallach

*Executive Committee

Life Trustee

Aileen Jensen

Advisors

Bert Adams
Marian Bolz
Kennedy Gilchrist
Fern Lawrence

Elaine Staley
Sharyn Stumpf*
Karen Walsh
Helen Wineke

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 – Martin Barrett
Marian Bolz
Terry Haller

Joyce Hirsch
Connie Kinsella
John Lemke

Connie Maxwell
Sally Miley
J. Marshall Osborn
Thomas Terry

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 three or four 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.

Spencer, Alannah
Alannah Spencer
Soprano

MM – Roosevelt Univ.
BM/BA – UW-Madison

Jazz Trio Soprano in Trouble in Tahiti
Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro

Lindsay Meekof Headshot
Lindsey Meekhof
Mezzo-soprano

DMA – UW-Madison
MM – Texas Tech Univ.
BM – Univ. of Michigan

Slave in Salome
Bridesmaid in The Marriage of Figaro

Valdez, Pedro
Pedro Valdez
Tenor

MM – Texas State Univ.
BM – Univ. of Texas Rio Grande Valley

2nd Nazarene in Salome
Jazz Trio Tenor in Trouble in Tahiti
Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro

Soprano
Anja Pustaver

Mezzo
Quinn Middleman

Tenor
Tyrese Byrd

Baritone
Jake Surzyn

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 December in Madison. Please check back in fall 2022 for information on the next set of auditions.

MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS

The next round of Madison Opera Chorus auditions will be held in summer 2023.  Please check in May 2023 for an audition announcement.

STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS

Auditions for the 2023/24 Studio Artists will be held in spring 2023.

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.

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.

Job Openings

At this time there are no open positions at Madison Opera.