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.

Never miss a moment.

Opera Talk
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.

The 2023/24 Season of Opera Talk will be announced in the summer of 2023. In the meantime, you can watch the full collection of previous Opera Talks 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: Tosca
October 12, 2023 at 7 pm

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Digital Preview: The Anonymous Lover
January 4, 2024 at 7 pm

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Digital Preview: Candide
April 4, 2024 at 7 pm

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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.

Behind the Curtain at Madison Opera

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.

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.