April 17 would have been the opening night of Orpheus in the Underworld. We are sorry we could not share such a fun production, but we plan to program it in the 21/22 season.

Although we could not be together in person this weekend, we are delighted to share this video recorded by two of our leading Orpheus artists, Jeni Houser and David Blalock. We hope it will give you some musical diversion and a smile.

Jeni and David sang at last summer’s Opera in the Park, and have long histories with Madison Opera. The Wisconsin residents both made their Metropolitan Opera debuts this season, and we are proud to have them in the family.

Please enjoy their singing, and we look forward to the time when we can gather together again.

Jeni Houser and David Blalock provide musical diversion and a smile

Mezzo Adriana Zabala plays Mary Johnson, Hawk’s assistant and best friend, who is the moral center of their world, clear-eyed about Hawk and Tim’s relationship, as well as the horrors that the purge of homosexuals from the government is inflicting on so many people.

In this video, Zabala reflects on how the score and libretto of Fellow Travelers highlight the complex relationships of the characters.

Adriana Zabala Finds Poignancy in the Music of Fellow Travelers

Washington D.C., 1953

Joseph McCarthy is claiming the government is full of communists and suspected homosexuals are being purged. Two men meet and fall in love. But times and humans are complicated and love cannot always find a way.

Don’t miss the Madison premiere of one of the most acclaimed operas of the 21st century. This weekend only.

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