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
Viki Brigham*
John Buscemi
Martha Casey
Leanne Cordisco
Peyton Engel*
David Flanders
Brian Haltinner
Brandon Hayes
Joyce Hirsch
Stephen Hurley*
R. Roth Judd
Connie Kinsella*
Fran Klos*

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

Byrd Tyrese
Tyrese Byrd
tenor

MM – Univ. of Michigan
BM – Furman University

Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor
Ensemble in She Loves Me
Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld

Middleman_Quinn
Quinn Middleman
mezzo-soprano

MM – Northwestern Univ.
BM – Univ. of Southern California

Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor
Ensemble in She Loves Me

Pustaver_Anja
Anja Pustaver
soprano

MM – UW-Madison
BM – UW-Stevens Point

Ensemble in She Loves Me
Minerva in Orpheus in the Underworld

Surzyn Jake
Jake Surzyn
baritone

MM – Univ. of Michigan
BM – Oakland Univ.

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

December 7 and 11, 2021
Madison Opera Center, Madison, WI

Madison Opera is holding auditions for U.S. artists residing in the Upper Midwest region, to be considered for principal and supporting roles in future seasons. Audition dates are Tuesday, December 7 beginning in the afternoon and Saturday, December 11 beginning around noon.

To be considered for an audition, please e-mail your resume, headshot, and preferred audition date to auditions@madisonopera.org. 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.

Health and safety: All company members in Madison Opera’s season must be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Singers will be asked to provide proof of vaccination prior to their audition.

Note: These auditions are for principal roles only; studio artists and chorus auditions will be held at a later date.

Questions? Please email auditions@madisonopera.org.

MADISON OPERA CHORUS AUDITIONS

Chorus auditions are generally held every summer for the following season. Please check back in July 2022 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2022/23 season.

STUDIO ARTIST AUDITIONS

Studio Artist auditions are generally held every spring for the following season. Please check back in March 2022 when we announce the audition dates for consideration in the 2022/23 season.

If you have questions about any of these auditions, please contact info@madisonopera.org.

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.

Job Openings

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