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Opera Novice: Goddesses

Thursday, December 3, 7-8pm Central

“She passed over the stage like a meteor, as an apparition of wonder.”

The word “diva” literally means “goddess” in Italian, and the great singers in each generation earned that title. Join Kathryn Smith for a look at some legendary artists from the 18th and early 19th century:  Giuditta Pasta, Maria Malibran, Jenny Lind, Adelina Patti, Nellie Melba, Geraldine Farrar, and Rosa Ponselle. From humble roots to affairs with nobility, from hard work at their craft to negotiating for better pay, the stories of these women are the stories of the operatic world

Opera Up Close Cocktail Hour

DESIGNERS:

KAREN BROWN-LARIMORE, R. ERIC STONE, AND CONNIE YUN

Sunday, Dec. 13, 4-5:30 pm

Miss the operatic conversation? Pour your favorite cocktail or cup of tea, and join us online! We are re-imagining Opera Up Close for Digital Fall, using technology to discuss broader operatic topics, rather than focus on an upcoming production.

The wonderful Madison Opera Chorus have sung nobility, peasants, nuns, prisoners, and everything in between, in music spanning three centuries. Join chorusmaster Anthony Cao and several choristers for their unique perspective on opera. You get to hear them sing often – now it’s time to hear what they have to say!

Subscribers will have the opportunity to ask questions both in advance and during the talk.

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Available to watch until December 21, 2020

Live from the Madison Opera Center

Emily Fons and Amanda Majeski:
An Evening of Friendship

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 pm

Mezzo Emily Fons met soprano Amanda Majeski when they were young artists in the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where they sang in many operas and concerts together.  They have remained friends ever since, as their careers have taken them separately to stages around the world, from the Metropolitan Opera to Santa Fe Opera, from London to Tokyo.

Both singers make their homes in Wisconsin – Emily in Milwaukee, Amanda in Sheboygan – and now they come to Madison to sing together at the Madison Opera Center.  Join them for a program of arias and duets that embrace the magic of story-telling and the comfort of harmony.

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Available to watch until December 15, 2020

Opera Up Close Cocktail Hour

THE MADISON OPERA CHORUS:
ANTHONY CAO, DEBORAH GIL, ROBERT A. GODERICH, DALE KAUFMAN, AND SCOTT SEYFORTH

Sunday, November 15

Miss the operatic conversation? Pour your favorite cocktail or cup of tea, and join us online! We are re-imagining Opera Up Close for Digital Fall, using technology to discuss broader operatic topics, rather than focus on an upcoming production.

The wonderful Madison Opera Chorus have sung nobility, peasants, nuns, prisoners, and everything in between, in music spanning three centuries. Join chorusmaster Anthony Cao and several choristers for their unique perspective on opera. You get to hear them sing often – now it’s time to hear what they have to say!

Subscribers will have the opportunity to ask questions both in advance and during the talk.

Available to watch until December 10, 2020

Weston Hurt Shares Some Favorite Arias

Released on November 10, 2020

Weston Hurt made his Madison Opera debut last season in one of his signature Verdi roles, Germont in La Traviata, and was scheduled to return this fall for another great Verdi role, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore.

Although he can’t be in Madison, he filmed some other favorite baritone arias for our digital subscribers: two arias by Verdi (from Un Ballo in Maschera and Falstaff), one by Puccini (from Edgar), and one by Gounod (from Faust).

Available to watch until December 5, 2020

Opera Novice: Unfinished Operas

Streamed on November 5, 2020

Here the opera ends, because at this point the maestro died.” Conductor Arturo Toscanini said those words to the La Scala audience on April 25, 1926, opening night of Puccini’s Turandot. The next night, the opera premiered with a final scene written by another composer.

The opera repertoire is full of works that were left unfinished by the composer, usually because they died. In this Opera Novice, General Director Kathryn Smith dives into operas that were left incomplete, from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann to Berg’s Lulu, two unfinished Mozart operas, a Debussy work commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, and more.