At the Opera

Overture Center for the Arts

Madison Opera is a resident company of the Overture Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art civic cultural center located in downtown Madison. Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Cesar Pelli, the Overture Center was built with a historic multi-million-dollar gift from local businessman W. Jerome Frautschi and opened in 2004 on the site of the former Madison Civic Center.  Madison Opera performs in Overture Hall and the Capitol Theater.

The Overture Center for the Arts is at 201 State Street, Madison, WI  53703.


Many parking facilities are located within a couple blocks of the Overture Center.

Please be aware that there is no late seating at Madison Opera performances, so allow plenty of time to find parking, as downtown Madison can get quite busy with performances, sporting events, and other vibrant activities.



Wheelchair seating is available in both Overture Hall and the Capitol Theater.  To reserve wheelchair and companion seats as part of a subscription, contact Madison Opera at 608.238.8085.  To make wheelchair arrangements for single ticket purchases, contact the Overture Center for the Arts at 608.258.4141.

Tips to Enjoy the Opera

Pre-Show Talks

Pre-show talks are given by General Director Kathryn Smith one hour before curtain, and are the perfect way to learn about the history of the opera you are about to see.  These entertaining half-hour multimedia talks take place in the Wisconsin Studio on the 3rd floor of Overture Center.

What to Wear

Come in clothes that make you comfortable!  Some audience members dress in casual clothes, while others dress for an elegant night out.

Theatre Amenities

A coat-check is available in the main entrance to the Overture Center for the Arts.

Drinks are available for purchase before the opera and during intermission. They may be taken into the theatre unless a mandated mask policy is in place.

Benjamin Taylor

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