Jasmine Habersham Mini Recital

Available to watch until May 30

Mini-Recital: Jasmine Habersham

Available to watch until May 30

Jasmine Habersham debuted with Madison Opera at Digital Opera in the Park last summer, and was scheduled to sing Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro this spring.  As she cannot be here singing Mozart in Overture Hall on the weekend of April 30, she will share a mini-recital of Mozart arias, including selections from Figaro, Zaide, Don Giovanni, and Exsultate Jubilate.

Available to watch until May 24

Live from the Madison Opera Center: Andres Acosta

Streaming on Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 pm Central

“Acosta truly broke my heart… He’s as compelling to watch as he is to listen to.” – Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times

Andres Acosta was widely-acclaimed for his performance as Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers with Madison Opera last season, which he followed up with beautiful performances in Digital Opera in the Park.  Next season will see him return to Madison Opera in a role to be announced, as well as singing the world premiere of Snowy Day at Houston Grand Opera; workshopping the title role in The Pigeon Keeper at Santa Fe Opera, and singing Tony in West Side Story in Italy, among other engagements.

Now Andres joins us in the Madison Opera Center for a joyous recital that looks forward to the arrival of spring

Streaming Live on Sunday, March 28, 4-5:30 pm

Opera Up Close Cocktail Hour

Madison Opera Alumni:
Matt Boehler, Elizabeth Caballero, Emily Glick

Streaming Live on Sunday, April 18, 4-5:30 pm

Miss the operatic conversation? Pour your favorite cocktail or cup of tea, and join us online!

Matt Boehler, Elizabeth Caballero, and Emily Glick have collectively sung in eight shows with Madison Opera, from Don Giovanni to Florencia en el Amazonas to A Little Night Music, as well as at Opera in the Park. All three were scheduled to sing in our 20/21 season. Now they join General Director Kathryn Smith for a conversation about their careers, their paths to opera and theater, favorite performances, and so much more.

Available to watch until May 8

Opera Novice: Fairy Tale Operas

Available to watch until May 8

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Fairy tales have been the basis for countless operas, offering source material that would be familiar to an audience, but still allow the operatic conventions of love and danger. Rossini wrote a version of Cinderella – and so did Jules Massenet, Pauline Viardot, and Nicolas Isouard. Russian fairy tales formed the basis of several Rimsky-Korsakov operas, while Dvořák turned to Czech tales. Join Kathryn Smith to explore the vast range of how operas got to their happily (or-not-so-happily) ever after.


Streaming live on May 6 at 7pm Central

Opera Novice: Great Opera Disasters

Thursday, May 6. 6-7 pm

“Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.” – Terry Prachett, Maskerade

Set mishaps. Costume malfunctions. Trampolines in places there shouldn’t be trampolines.  The history of opera is full of performances where things simply didn’t go as they should, sometimes in spectacularly funny ways. For the final Opera Novice of our digital season, Kathryn Smith explores some of the classic – and less well-known – ways in which opera performances have gone gloriously wrong.

Streaming live on May 16 at 4 pm Central

Opera Up Close Cocktail Hour

Opera in the Park:
Suzanne Beia, Billy Larimore, Jonathan Lipp

Sunday, May 16, 4-5:30 pm

Opera in the Park celebrates its 20th summer this year – and much has happened over those many summers. For the final Opera Up Close Cocktail Hour of our season, we look at what goes into creating Opera in the Park, from the sound design to rigging the stage, from the complicated sets of music to handling rain and mud.

Kathryn Smith is joined by concertmaster Suzanne Beia, technical director Billy Larimore, and Jonathan Lipp, CEO of Full Compass Systems, which creates the sound for the park every summer. Join us to find out how this magical evening comes together – and expect plenty of stories, from when things have gone exceptionally well, to when the weather has brought about extreme creativity. Have your own questions ready, too!

Streaming on Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 pm Central

Live from the Madison Opera Center: Jeni Houser and David Blalock
Digital Season Finale

Streaming on Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 pm Central

For the final Live from the Madison Opera Center of our digital season, we return to where we started in September: with soprano Jeni Houser and tenor David Blalock. The Wisconsin couple have sung often with Madison Opera, helped us launch our digital season, and also take part in our “Opera Postcards from Madison” project. Jeni returns to Madison Opera next season in a title role TBA, but first she and David will share a program that celebrates the power of music to carry us through even the most challenging times.