Join Madison Opera Offstage and Online!
During the pandemic year, we created moments and shared music that entertained and connected us. Now that we are back in the theaters, we continue to connect with you online, sharing the kinds of entertaining content that has become our digital signature. All digital content is free and accessible to all.
Read below to find the 22/23 schedule of digital talks, go backstage with our “Behind the Curtain” videos, explore our “Opera Postcards from Madison,” and enjoy highlights from past digital projects.
with Kathryn Smith
There is so much more to opera than what happens on stage in any one production. In these hour-long lectures, General Director Kathryn Smith takes a dive into centuries of history, thematic connections, and stories, illustrated with slides, video, dry humor, and cute animals.
Watch live for the chance to ask questions of Kathryn during the talk; the talks themselves will remain online for you to watch when it suits you.
Opera Talk: Scandalous Women
Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm
Salome. Tosca. Carmen. Opera’s repertoire is filled with roles that scandalized audiences of their day, resulting in bans on performances and warnings that “respectable” people should stay away. Opera’s history is dotted with artists who were considered scandalous in their own right, often for defying social mores of the time. Join Kathryn for a celebration of the scandalous women of opera – the characters onstage, and the human beings off stage.
Opera Talk: Song and Dance
Thursday, December 1 at 7 pm
Opera and dance are inextricably linked, starting with the earliest baroque operas. As opera moved from 19th-century French works to 20th-century works like The Seven Deadly Sins and 21st-century ones like Fire Shut Up in My Bones, dance has continued to be an integral part of the art form. Join Kathryn to explore some of the ways dance and opera have combined, along with a look at some of the great choreographers who have worked in opera, including George Balanchine and Alvin Ailey.
Opera Talk: Passing Notes
Thursday, March 2 at 7 pm
Psst – read this. A number of opera plots turn on correspondence – a formal letter, or a note slipped furtively to a lover. Follow Kathryn down the rabbit hole of operatic correspondence, as she looks at some letters that matter in legendary opera plots, with perhaps a side journey into some great real-world opera letters, too.
You can rewatch the previous season of Opera Talk below.
Have tickets to a performance? Thinking of buying some? Watch a multimedia preview of each show to learn more, with an entertaining look at its composer, history, and music, as well as information on Madison Opera’s production.
Watch live for the chance to ask questions of Kathryn during the preview; the previews will then remain online for you to watch whenever you wish.
Digital Preview: Trouble in Tahiti / The Seven Deadly Sins
Thursday, January 5 at 7 pm
Opera Postcards from Madison
Like love notes to our hometown, our Opera Postcards pair performers and places to bring you soaring music, a little bit of drama, and a lot of smiles. Watch below as we take you to the Children’s Museum, Central Library, Chazen Museum of Art, Olin Park, and the Overture Center for the Arts.
“There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden”
Madison Children’s Museum
“A Trip to the Library”
Madison Central Library
Chazen Museum of Art
“Where the Music Comes From”
Overture Center for the Arts
“Ah! Je vais l’aimer”
Backstage During the 2021/22 Season
This past season we brought you backstage and into the dressing rooms for a series of quick, candid, and quirky Q&As with some of the performers.
Behind the Curtain at Lucia di Lammermoor
When the curtain goes up on a Madison Opera production at Overture Center, you are transported to a new world through the culmination of days, months, and years of hard work. During our 2021 performances of Lucia di Lammermoor, we went behind the curtain to talk with some of the professionals who made that production possible.
Watch this short series of videos as they introduce themselves, share a bit about what they do, and give you a perspective audiences never see.