Join Madison Opera Offstage and Online!

Throughout the past year, we created moments and shared music that entertained and connected us. As we return to the theaters, we will continue to connect with you online, sharing the kinds of entertaining content that has become our digital signature. All digital content this year will be free and accessible to all.

Read below for the current schedule of digital talks, check out our “Opera Postcards from Madison” series, and enjoy highlights from our Digital 20/21 Season.

Opera Talk
with Kathryn Smith

There is so much more to opera than what happens on stage in a given production. Explore centuries of history, thematic connections, and amusing stories with Kathryn Smith, Madison Opera’s General Director. In these hour-long lectures, you can expect a dive into sometimes-overlooked areas of opera, illustrated with slides, dry humor, and pictures of 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.

The next season of Opera Talk with Kathryn Smith will be announced in August, in the meantime, you can rewatch the previous Opera Talk’s below.

Digital Previews

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: Salome
Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm

Watch Here

Opera Postcards from Madison

In the spring we sent out musical postcards from some of our favorite places in Madison. Like love notes to our hometown, each video postcard pairs performers and places to bring you soaring music, a little bit of drama, and a lot of smiles. Watch our Opera Postcards below to take a trip to the Central Library, stroll through the Chazen Museum of Art, traipse through Olin Park, and step on stage at the Overture Center for the Arts.

We are taking some new jaunts around town this year, and will be sure to send you a postcard! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a postcard.

“There are Fairies at the Bottom of Our Garden”
Madison Children’s Museum

“A Trip to the Library”
Madison Central Library

“Caro Nome”
Chazen Museum of Art

“Where the Music Comes From”
Overture Center for the Arts

“Ah! Je vais l’aimer”
Olin Park

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.


Martha & Charles Casey

Kato & David Perlman

Mike & Clare McArdle