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.

A Song of Madness
Thursday, September 23 at 7 pm

Go down the rabbit hole of operatic mad scenes, from their origins to their immense 19th-century popularity and their modern equivalents.

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19th Century Divos
Thursday, December 9 at 7 pm

Get to know some famous tenors and baritones from the 19th century – the ones who created great roles, the ones who went on to run opera companies, and the ones whose fame was brief.

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The Messenger Speaks
Thursday, January 6 at 7 pm

The messenger, the notary, the companion, and the servant may not get top-billing, but they are often vital to an opera’s plot. Kathryn takes a look at these roles, from the smallest parts to the ones that get a song of their own, along with a look at some great singers who made their careers in them.

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Multitudes of Orpheus
Thursday, March 10 at 7 pm

The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has been the basis for dozens of operas, from the 17th century to the 21st. Brush up on the original story, then learn about some of the many ways it has been sung.

Ask Questions

Kathryn will take questions during the live stream, but feel free to send in questions in advance. They can be about the subject, or anything opera related.

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: She Loves Me
Friday, January 21 at 7 pm

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Ask Questions

Kathryn will take questions after the preview, but feel free to send in questions in advance.

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.

“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

Digital 20/21 Season Highlights

The pandemic made it impossible for us to gather in the Overture Center for the Arts, but we did not fall silent. We brought together an extraordinary roster of artists, including cast members from our cancelled productions, to share music, discussions, and more. Enjoy highlights from the digital season below.


Martha & Charles Casey

Kato & David Perlman

Mike & Clare McArdle