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
PRESIDENT – John Lemke*
CHAIRMAN – Thomas Terry*
VICE PRESIDENT – Peyton Engel*
VICE PRESIDENT – Susan Zaeske*
TREASURER – Connie Kinsella*
SECRETARY – Viki Brigham*
Carla J. Alvarado
R. Roth Judd
Franzo Law II
J. Marshall Osborn*
J. Ashley Taylor
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
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 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.
MM – Roosevelt Univ.
BM/BA – UW-Madison
Jazz Trio Soprano in Trouble in Tahiti
Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro
DMA – UW-Madison
MM – Texas Tech Univ.
BM – Univ. of Michigan
Slave in Salome
Bridesmaid in The Marriage of Figaro
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
Megan Ott Romero
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.
At this time there are no open positions at Madison Opera.