History

Madison Opera Workshop (1961)

Madison Opera was founded in 1961 under the umbrella of the Madison Civic Music Association, which also encompassed the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Originally called The Opera Workshop, it was renamed the Madison Civic Opera Guild in 1962 and led by stage director Arline Johnson and her husband, conductor Roland Johnson. The company’s first full production was La Bohème in 1963 at East High School. In the beginning years, the company performed one opera per year, featuring local artists and a budget of $6,000.

Shining Brow (1993)

Over the ensuing decades, the company grew along with the city of Madison. It performed in the Wisconsin Union Theater in the 1970s, including a live state-wide telecast of Manon in 1977. In the 1980, it moved to the newly-renovated Oscar Mayer Theater and expanded to a two-production season. The company commissioned an opera about Frank Lloyd Wright, Shining Brow, which premiered in 1993. Shortly afterwards, the Opera separated from the Madison Civic Music Association and the Madison Symphony, becoming an independent financial and artistic entity.

In 2002, the company started Opera for the Park, a free outdoor concert in Garner Park. Featuring solo artists from the upcoming season, the Madison Opera Chorus, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Opera in the Park has grown into a highlight of summer in Wisconsin, drawing the highest per capita attendance of any such opera concert in the U.S.

Opera in the Park

When the Overture Center for the Arts opened in 2004, the company became a resident of Overture Hall, growing its scale of productions and ultimately adding a third production in the Capitol Theater. The company presents a balanced repertoire every year, serving both opera newcomers and opera omnivores.

In 2013, Madison Opera opened the Madison Opera Center, built thanks to the generosity of over 185 donors. Located one block from Overture Center’s stage door, the Opera Center encompasses the company’s offices, rehearsal hall, and costume shop, serving as a site for rehearsals, previews, parties, and much more.

In the past sixty years, Madison Opera has presented over 70 different operas, composed from the 18th to the 21st century, performed in seven different languages. We have shared the magic of opera with generations of our community, as both opera and our city have evolved. Read below to explore our repertoire!

Past Madison Opera Productions

La Traviata
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

November 1 & 3, 2019
Overture Hall
Premiered 6 March 1853, La Fenice, Venice, Italy
Previously at MO: 1975, 1985, 1999, 2011

Cast

Violetta Valery – Cecilia Violetta López
Alfredo Germont – Mackenzie Whitney
Giorgio Germont – Weston Hurt
Flora Bervoix – Kirsten Larson*
Annina – Emily Secor*
Gastone de Letorieres – Benjamin Hopkins*
Baron Duphol – Brian Major
Marquis d’Obigny – Stephen Hobe*
Dr. Grenvil – Benjamin Sieverding

* Madison Opera Studio Artist

Conducted by John Demain
Directed by Fenlon Lamb
Featuring the Madison Opera Chorus and the Madison Symphony Orchestra

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Fellow Travelers
Music by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Greg Pierce
Based on the 2007 Novel by Thomas Mallon

February 7 & 9, 2020
Capitol Theater
Premiered 17 June 2016, Cincinatti Opera

Cast

Hawkings Fuller – Ben Edquist
Timothy Laughlin – Andres Acosta
Potter’s Assistant / Bookseller / Party Guest / Technician / French Priest – Stephen Hobe*
Tommy McIntyre – Sidney Outlaw
Senator Potter / General Arlie / Bartender – Andrew Wilkowske
Miss Lightfoot – Emily Secor*
Estonian Frank / Interrogator / Senator McCarthy – Alan Dunbar
Lucy – Cassandra Vasta

* Madison Opera Studio Artist

Conducted by John Demain
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Featuring the Madison Symphony Orchestra

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Orpheus in the Underworld
Music by Jacques Offenbach

April 17 & 19, 2020
Overture Hall
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Cast

Eurydice – Jeni Houser
Orpheus – David Blalock
Pluto – Andrew Stenson
Jupiter – Craig Verm
Public Opinion – Judith Skinner
Cupid – Gillian Hollis
Diana – Ariana Douglas
Mercury  – Benjamin Liupaogo
Venus -Kirsten Larson
Minerva – Emily Secor
Juno – Emily Glick

* Madison Opera Studio Artist

Conducted by John Demain
Directed by Alison Moritz
Featuring the Madison Opera Chorus and the Madison Symphony Orchestra

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI
Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
November 2 & 4, 2018
Overture Hall
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Cavalleria Rusticana
Santuzza | Michelle Johnson*
Turridu | Scott Piper
Alfio | Michael Mayes
Lola | Kirsten Larson*+
Lucia | Danielle Wright*

Pagliacci
Canio | Scott Piper
Nedda | Talise Trevigne*
Tonio | Michael Mayes
Silvio | Benjamin Taylor*
Beppe | Robert A. Goderich
Villagers | Benjamin Liupaogo+, Stephen Hobe*+

Conducted by Joseph Mechavich
Directed by Kristine McIntyre
with Madison Opera Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Stephen Sondheim
February 8 & 10, 2019
Capitol Theater
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Desirée Armfeldt | Emily Pulley
Fredrik Egerman | Daniel Belcher
Madame Armfeldt | Sarah Day*
Anne Egerman | Jeni Houser
Countess Charlotte Malcolm | Katherine Pracht*
Henrik Egerman | Quinn Bernegger*
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm | Charles Eaton
Petra | Emily Glick*
Fredrika Armfedlt | Maddie Uphoff*
Mrs. Nordstrom | Emily Secor*+
Mrs. Andressen | Casandra Vasta
Mrs. Segstrom | Kirsten Larson+
Mr. Erlanson | Benjmain Liupaogo+
Mr. Lindquist | Stephen Hobe+
Frid | Benjamin Barlow*

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson
with Madison Symphony Orchestra

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RUSALKA 
by Antonín Dvořák
April 26 & 28, 2019
Overture Hall
Madison Opera premiere
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Rusalka | Emily Birsan
The Prince | John Lindsey
The Foreign Princess | Karin Wolverton*
Vodník | William Meinert*
Ježibaba | Lindsay Ammann*
1st Wood Sprite | Emily Secor+
2nd Wood Sprite | Saira Frank
3rd Wood Sprite | Kirsten Larson+
The Hunter | Benjamin Liupaogo+

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Keturah Stickann*
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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CARMEN
by Georges Bizet
November 3 & 5, 2017
Overture Hall
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Carmen | Aleks Romano*
Don José | Sean Panikkar
Micaëla | Cecilia Violetta López 
Escamillo | Corey Crider 
Frasquita | Anna Polum+ 
Mercédès | Megan Le Romero*+ 
Remendado | Benjamin Liupaogo*+
Dancaïre | Erik Earl Larson 
Zuniga | Thomas Forde 
Moralès | Charles Eaton*

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by E. Loren Meeker*
with Madison Opera Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
by W.A. Mozart
February 9 & 11, 2018
Capitol Theater
Madison Opera premiere
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Konstanze | Amanda Woodbury
Blonde | Ashly Neumann*
Belmonte | David Walton
Pedrillo | Eric Neuville
Osmin | Matt Boehler
Pasha Selim | Brian Belz*
Quartet | Anna Polum+, Natalie Falconer*, Robert A. Goderich, Ryan White*

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Alison Moritz
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS
by Daniel Catán 
April 27 & 29, 2018
Overture Hall
Madison Opera premiere
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Florencia Grimaldi | Elizabeth Caballero
Rosalba | Rachel Sterrenberg
Paula | Adriana Zabala
Arcadio | Mackenzie Whitney
Riolobo | Nmon Ford
Alvaro | Levi Hernandez
The Captain | Ashraf Sewailam*

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Kristine McIntyre
with Madison Opera Chorus, Kanopy Dance, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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ROMEO & JULIET
by Charles Gounod
November 4 & 6, 2016
Overture Hall
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Juliet | Emily Birsan 
Romeo | John Irvin
Mercutio | Sidney Outlaw 
Stephano | Stephanie Lauricella* 
Gertrude | Allisanne Apple 
Friar Lawrence | Liam Moran 
Tybalt | Chris Carr* 
Lord Capulet | Philip Skinner* 
The Duke of Verona | Benjamin Sieverding*  
Gregorio | Nathaniel Hill 
Count Paris | James Held*+ 
Benvolio | Andrew F. Turner* 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD
by Daniel Schnyder
February 10 & 12, 2017
Capitol Theater
Midwest premiere
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Charlie Parker | Joshua Stewart* 
Addie Parker | Angela Brown 
Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter | Julie Miller* 
Doris Parker | Angela Mortellaro 
Chan Parker | Rachel Sterrenberg* 
Rebecca Parker | Krysty Swann*
Dizzy Gillespie | Will Liverman 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Ron Daniels*
with Madison Symphony Orchestra

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THE MAGIC FLUTE
by W.A. Mozart
April 21 & 23, 2017
Overture Hall
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Pamina | Amanda Woodbury*
Tamino | Andrew Bidlack* 
Papageno | Alan Dunbar 
The Queen of the Night | Caitlin Cisler 
Sarastro | Nathan Stark 
1st Lady | Amanda Kingston*
2nd Lady | Kelsey Park 
3rd Lady | Anna Parks*+ 
Papagena | Anna Polum*+ 
Monostatos | Scott Brunscheen 
The Speaker | Matthew Scollin* 
1st Priest/Armored Man | Robert A. Goderich 
2nd Priest/Armored Man | James Held+
Spirits | Finn Frakes*, Dylan Juni*, Aberdeen Kurka*, Jacob Monday*, Ethan Staver*, Drew White*  

Conducted by Gary Thor Wedow
Directed by Dan Rigazzi*
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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LA BOHÈME
by Giacomo Puccini
November 13 & 15, 2015
Overture Hall
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Mimì | Eleni Calenos 
Rodolfo | Mackenzie Whitney* 
Musetta | Emily Birsan
Marcello | Dan Kempson*
Colline | Liam Moran
Schaunard | Alan Dunbar 
Benoit/Alcindoro | Evan Ross* 
Parpignol | William Ottow*+ 
Customs Officer | Nathaniel Hill*+ 
A Sergeant | Glen Siferd 
A Vendor | Robert Goderich 
A Child | Simon Johnson / Emma Dias* 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by David Lefkowich
with Madison Opera Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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LITTLE WOMEN
by Mark Adamo
February 5 & 7, 2016
Capitol Theater
Madison Opera premiere
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Jo | Heather Johnson
Amy | Jeni Houser 
Beth | Chelsea Morris Shephard 
Meg | Courtney Miller* 
Laurie | Eric Neuville* 
John Brooke | Alexander Elliott* 
Friedrich Bhaer | Craig Verm* 
Cecilia March | Brenda Harris 
Alma March | Elizabeth Hagedorn*
Gideon March | Rick Henslin 
Mr. Dashwood | Nathaniel Hill+ 
Quartet | Cassandra Koob*, Marie McManama*+, Laura Muller, Kelsey Park*+ 

Conducted by Kyle Knox*
Directed by Candace Evans
with Madison Symphony Orchestra

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THE TALES OF HOFFMANN
by Jacques Offenbach
April 15 & 17, 2016
Overture Hall
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Hoffmann | Harold Meers
Antonia/Giulietta/Stella | Siân Davies* 
Olympia | Jeni Houser 
Four Villains | Morgan Smith* 
The Muse/Nicklausse | Adriana Zabala* 
Four Servants | Jared Rogers
Antonia’s Mother | Kelsey Park+ 
Luther/Crespel | Thomas Forde
Spalanzani | Robert A. Goderich 
Schlemil | Tyler Alessi* 
Nathanael | William Ottow+
Hermann | Nathaniel Hill+ 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Kristine McIntyre
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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FIDELIO
by Ludwig van Beethoven
November 21 & 23, 2014
Overture Hall
Madison Opera Stage Premiere
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Leonore | Alexandra LoBianco 
Florestan | Clay Hilley 
Don Pizarro | Kelly Markgraf
Rocco | Matt Boehler 
Marzelline | Alisa Jordheim* 
Jaquino | David Blalock* 
Don Fernando | Liam Moran* 
1st Prisoner | Thomas Leighton*+ 
2nd Prisoner | Luke Hrovat-Staedter* 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Tara Faircloth*
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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SWEENEY TODD
by Stephen Sondheim
February 6, 7, & 8, 2015
Capitol Theater
Madison Opera premiere
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Sweeney Todd | Corey Crider*
Mrs. Lovett | Meredith Arwady* 
Johanna | Jeni Houser 
Beggar Woman | Emily Pulley*
Tobias Ragg | Joshua Sanders
Anthony Hope | Daniel Shirley
Judge Turpin | Thomas Forde 
Adolfo Pirelli | Robert A. Goderich 
Beadle Bamford | Jared Rogers* 
Jonas Fogg | Rick Henslin 
Birdseller | Michael Etzwiler* 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Norma Saldivar
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Gioachino Rossini
April 24 & 26, 2015
Overture Hall
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Rosina | Emily Fons 
Count Almaviva | John Irvin* 
Figaro | Will Liverman* 
Dr. Bartolo | Alan Dunbar 
Don Basilio | Thomas Forde
Berta | Chelsea Morris*+ 
Fiorello | Trevor Martin*
Sergeant | Glen Siferd 
Ambrogio | Bryan Royston* 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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TOSCA
by Giacomo Puccini
November 1 & 3, 2013
Overture Hall
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Tosca | Melody Moore 
Cavaradossi | Scott Piper 
Scarpia | Nmon Ford 
Angelotti | Ryan Kuster* 
Sacristan | Nikolas Wenzel*
Spoletta | Scott Brunscheen*+ 
Sciarrone | Kenneth Stavert* 
A Shepherd | Nathaniel Johnson* 
A Jailer | Greg Walters 

Conducted by Joseph Mechavich
Directed by A. Scott Parry
with Madison Opera Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT
by Gaetano Donizetti
February 7 & 9, 2014
Capitol Theater
Madison Opera premiere
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Marie | Caitlin Cisler 
Tonio | Javier Abreu* 
The Marquise of Berkenfeld | Allisanne Apple 
Sulpice | Nathan Stark 
Hortensius | Douglas Swenson 
A Peasant | Robert A. Goderich 
A Corporal | Chirstopher Apfelbach*
The Duchess of Krakenthorp | Katrina Williams Brunner*
A Notary | Jason Compton 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by David Lefkowich
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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DEAD MAN WALKING
by Jake Heggie
April 25 & 27, 2014
Overture Hall
Madison Opera premiere
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Sister Helen Prejean | Daniela Mack 
Joseph De Rocher | Michael Mayes 
Mrs. Patrick De Rocher | Susanne Mentzer* 
Sister Rose | Karen Slack* 
Owen Hart | Alan Dunbar 
Kitty Hart | Saira Frank 
Jade Boucher | Jamie Van Eyck 
Howard Boucher | J. Adam Shelton
Father Grenville | Clay Hilley* 
Warden George Benton | Jeffrey Beruan 
Motorcycle Cop | Erik E. Larson* 
Prison Guards | Nikolas Wenzel, Anthony Cao 
Older Brother | Kenny Lyons* 
Younger Brother | Jeremiah Eenigenburg*
A Girl | Kate Mann* 
A Boy | Aaron Heaps* 
Sister Lilliane | Gillian Hollis*+ 
Sister Catherine | Jessie Lyons*+ 
A Paralegal | Gail Becker* 
A Mother | Megan Gloss* 
Mrs. Charlton | Jennifer DeMain  
Jimmy Charlton | Simon Johnson*
Anthony De Rocher | Erik Sherpe 
Inmates | George Abbott III*, Andy Ball*, Scott Brunscheen+, Josh Sanders, Glen Siferd 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Kristine McIntyre
with Madison Opera Chorus, Madison Youth Choirs, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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A MASKED BALL
by Giuseppe Verdi
October 26 & 28, 2012
Overture Hall
Madison Opera premiere
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Amelia | Alexandra LoBianco* 
Gustav III | William Joyner 
Oscar | Caitlin Cisler
Ulrica | Jeniece Golbourne* 
Count Anckarström | Hyung Yun 
Count de Horn | John Arnold+ 
Count Ribbing | Thomas Forde* 
Cristiano | Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek 
A Servant | Robert A. Goderich*
A Judge | J. Adam Shelton+* 

Conducted by Joseph Mechavich
Directed by Kristine McIntyre
with Madison Opera Chorus, UW-Madison Ballroom Dance Society, and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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ACIS & GALATEA
by George Frideric Handel
January 10-13, 2013
The Playhouse
Madison Opera premiere
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Galatea | Angela Mortellaro* 
Acis | Daniel Shirley* 
Polyphemus | Jeffrey Beruan* 
Damon | J. Adam Shelton+ 
Ensemble | John Arnold+, Jennifer DeMain, Jeni Houser*+, Josh Sanders, Jessica Lee Timman*+ 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by David Lefkowich*
with Kanopy Dance and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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DON GIOVANNI
by W.A. Mozart
April 26 & 28, 2013
Overture Hall
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Don Giovanni | Kelly Markgraf* 
Donna Anna | Elizabeth Caballero 
Donna Elvira | Caitlin Lynch 
Zerlina | Angela Mannino* 
Don Ottavio | Welsey Rogers* 
Leporello | Matt Boehler 
Masetto | John Arnold+ 
Il Commendatore | Nathan Stark* 

Conducted by Joseph Mechavich*
Directed by Elise Sandell*
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut
+ – Madison Opera Studio Artist

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EUGENE ONEGIN
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
November 4 & 6, 2011
Overture Hall
Madison Opera premiere

Eugene Onegin | Hyung Yun 
Tatiana | Maria Kanyova 
Lenski | Scott Ramsay 
Olga | Jamie Van Eyck 
Prince Gremin | Harold Wilson
Filipevna | Jane Shaulis* 
Madame Larina | Allisanne Apple 
Monsieur Triquet | Andrew Abrams 
Zaretski | Doug Swenson 
Peasant | Stan Hill 
Captain | Steve Harrison 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Candace Evans
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

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GAILILEO GALILEI
by Philip Glass
January 26-29, 2012
The Playhouse
Madison Opera premiere

Galileo | William Joyner* 
Maria Celeste /Marie de’ Medici /Eos | Jamie-Rose Guarrine 
Pope Urban VIII /Simplicio /Cardinal Barberini /Merope’s Father | Dean Peterson 
Salviati /Younger Galileo | John Arnold* 
Sagredo /Duchess Christina | Saira Frank 
Scribe /Maria Maddalena | Allisanne Apple 
Younger Maria Celeste | Jennifer DeMain 
Cardinal 1 / Inquisitor 1 /Oracle 1 | Alex Edgemon* 
Cardinal 2 /Inquisitor 2 /Servant /Oracle 2 | Darik Knutsen* 
Cardinal 3 /Priest | Errik M. Hood* 

Conducted by Kelly Kuo
Directed by A. Scott Parry
with Madison Symphony Orchestra

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LA CENERENTOLA (CINDERELLA)
by Gioachino Rossini
April 27 & 29, 2012
Overture Hall
Madison Opera premiere
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Angelina | Daniela Mack 
Don Ramiro | Gregory Schmidt 
Dandini | Daniel Belcher* 
Don Magnifico | Steven Condy 
Alidoro | Alan Dunbar* 
Clorinda | Amy Mahoney 
Tisbe | Jamie Van Eyck 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Garnett Bruce
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut

Figaro 2010

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by W.A. Mozart
November 5 & 7, 2010
Overture Hall

Susanna | Anya Matanovic 
Figaro | Jason Hardy* 
Countess Almaviva | Melody Moore 
Count Almaviva | Jeff Mattsey* 
Cherubino | Emily Lorini* 
Marcellina | Melissa Parks* 
Dr. Bartolo | Michael Gallup* 
Barbarina | Emily Birsan* 
Don Basilio | James Doing 
Antonio | Justin Neihoff Smith* 
Bridesmaids | Catherine S. Schweitzer, Laura Muller 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by A. Scott Parry
with Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra

Threepenny Opera presented by by Madison Opera in Overture Center's Playhouse dress rehearsal 2/3/11 (Photo @ Andy Manis)

THE THREEPENNY OPERA
by Kurt Weill
February 4-13, 2011
The Playhouse
Madison Opera premiere

Macheath | James DeVita* 
Jenny Diver | Tracy Michelle Arnold*
Polly Peachum | Alicia Berneche 
Mr. Peachum | David Barron* 
Mrs. Peachum | Amy Welk
Tiger Brown | Richard Henslin 
Lucy Brown | Liz Cassarino 
Street Singer /Pastor Kimball /Constable | Edward Marion
Filch /Crookfinger Jake /Messenger | Joseph Lullo 
Bob the Saw /Warden Smith | Paul Kennedy 
Ready Money Matt | Alex Cotant 
Dolly | Leslie Cao 
Coaxer | Lisa Bozec Maletic
Betty | Kristen Hammargren 
Molly | Meghan Randolph 
Walt Dreary | Bart Terrell 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Dorothy Danner

Traviata 2011

LA TRAVIATA
by Giuseppe Verdi
April 29 & May 1, 2011
Overture Hall

Violetta | Elizabeth Caballero
Alfredo | Giuseppe Varano* 
Germont | Donnie Ray Albert 
Flora | Jamie Van Eyck 
Annina | Allisanne Apple 
Gastone | Heath Rush 
Baron Duphol | Paul Rowe 
Marquis d’Obigny | Jeremy Kelly* 
Dr. Grenvil | Gregory Brumfield 
Giuseppe | Joshua Sanders* 
Messenger | Anthony Cao 
Flora’s Servant | Glen Siferd 

Conducted by John DeMain
Directed by Garnett Bruce
with Madison Opera Chorus, Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance,  and Madison Symphony Orchestra

* – Madison Opera debut

La Bohème, 2007
La Bohème, 2007

2009/2010 Season

CARMEN
by Georges Bizet
November 6 & 8, 2009
Overture Hall

THE TURN OF THE SCREW
by Benjamin Britten
January 28-31, 2010
The Playhouse

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
by Richard Wagner
April 9 & 11, 2010
Overture Hall

2008/2009 Season

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by Giacomo Puccini
November 21 & 23, 2008
Overture Hall

COSI FAN TUTTE
by W. A. Mozart
March 13 & 15, 2009
Capitol Theater

FAUST
by Charles Gounod
May 15 & 17, 2009
Overture Hall

2007/2008 Season

LA BOHÈME
by Giacomo Puccini
November 9 & 11, 2007
Overture Hall

THE TENDER LAND
by Aaron Copland
February 27 – March 2, 2008
Promenade Hall

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
by Gaetano Donizetti
May 9 & 11, 2008
Overture Hall

2006/2007 Season

RIGOLETTO
by Giuseppe Verdi
November 17 & 19, 2006
Overture Hall

THE PEARL FISHERS
by Georges Bizet
April 13 & 15, 2007
Overture Hall

2005/2006 Season

TOSCA
by Giacomo Puccini
November 11 & 13, 2005
Overture Hall

THE MAGIC FLUTE
by W.A. Mozart
April 21 & 23, 2006
Overture Hall

2004/2005 Season

TURANDOT
by Giacomo Puccini
October 22 & 24, 2004
Overture Hall
First production in Overture Hall

THE END OF THE AFFAIR
by Jake Heggie
April 22 & 24, 2005
Overture Hall

2003/2004 Season

ROMEO & JULIET
by Charles Gounod
November 21 & 23, 2003
Oscar Mayer Theatre

DIE FLEDERMAUS
by Johann Strauss II
April 30 & May 2, 2004
Oscar Mayer Theatre

2002/2003 Season

IL TROVATORE
by Giuseppe Verdi
November 22 & 24, 2002
Oscar Mayer Theatre

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Gioachino Rossini
May 2 & 4, 2003
Oscar Mayer Theatre

2001/2002 Season

DON GIOVANNI
by W.A. Mozart
November 16 & 18, 2001
Oscar Mayer Theatre

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by Giacomo Puccini
May 10 & 12, 2002
Oscar Mayer Theatre

2000/2001 Season

THE MUSIC SHOP
by Richard Wargo
BON APPETIT!
by Lee Hoiby
July 14 & 15, 2000
MATC Mitby Theater

LA BOHÈME
by Giacomo Puccini
November 17 & 19, 2000
Oscar Mayer Theatre

FALSTAFF
by Giuseppe Verdi
May 4 & 6, 2001
Oscar Mayer Theatre

Candide, 1993
Candide, 1993

1999/2000 Season

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
by Stephen Sondheim
July 15-18, 1999
Bartell Theater

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by W.A. Mozart
November 19 & 21, 1999
Oscar Mayer Theatre

BRUNDIBAR
by Hans Krása
January 28 & 29, 2000
MATC Mitby Theater

CARMEN
by Georges Bizet
May 12 & 14, 2000
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1998/99 Season

THE FANTASTICKS
by Harvey Schmidt
July 17 & 19, 1998
Civic Center

FAUST
by Charles Gounod
November 20 & 22, 1998
Oscar Mayer Theatre

LA TRAVIATA
by Giuseppe Verdi
April 23 & 25, 1999
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1997/98 Season

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
by Gaetano Donizetti
November 21 & 23, 1997
Union Theater

HELP, HELP, THE GLOBOLINKS!
by Gian Carlo Menotti
February 12, 1998
Oscar Mayer Theatre

TOSCA
by Giacomo Puccini
April 24 & 26, 1998
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1996/97 Season

THE MERRY WIDOW
by Franz Lehár
November 22 & 24, 1996
Union Theater

THE THUNDER OF HORSES
by John Franklin
January 22-25, 1997
Masonic Temple Auditorium

RIGOLETTO
by Giuseppe Verdi
April 4 & 6, 1997
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1995/96 Season

OF THEE I SING
by George Gershwin
November 3 & 5, 1995
Union Theater

THE VERY LAST GREEN THING
by John Franklin
January 26 & 27, 1995
Masonic Temple Auditorium

THE TALES OF HOFFMAN
by Jacques Offenbach
March 29 & 31, 1996
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1994/95 Season

BRIGADOON
by Alan Jay Lerner
November 18 & 20, 1994
Union Theater

THE VERY LAST GREEN THING
by John Franklin
March 8-11, 1995
Masonic Temple Auditorium

THE MAGIC FLUTE
by W.A. Mozart
April 28 & 30, 1995
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1993/94 Season

CANDIDE
by Leonard Bernstein
November 19 & 21, 1993
Union Theater

AIDA
by Giuseppe Verdi
April 22 & 24, 1994
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1992/93 Season

MAN OF LA MANCHA
by Mitch Leigh
November 20 & 22, 1992
Union Theater

SHINING BROW
by Daron Hagen
April 21, 23, & 25, 1993
Oscar Mayer Theatre
World Premiere

1991/92 Season

KISS ME, KATE
by Cole Porter
November 22 & 24, 1991
Union Theater

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Gioachino Rossini
April 24 & 26, 1992
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1990/91 Season

CAROUSEL
by Richard Rodgers
November 16 & 18, 1990
Union Theater

DON GIOVANNI
by W.A. Mozart
April 12 & 14, 1991
Oscar Mayer Theatre

THE STONED GUEST
by Peter Schickele
Performed November 17, 1985
Memorial Union

The Marriage of Figaro, 1989
The Marriage of Figaro, 1989

1989/90 Season

THE VILLAGE SINGER
by Stephen Paulus
GIANNI SCHICCHI
by Giacomo Puccini
November 10 & 12, 1989
Union Theater

DIE FLEDERMAUS
by Johann Strauss II
April 6 & 8, 1990
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1988/89 Season

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Stephen Sondheim
November 11 & 13, 1988
MATC Mitby Theater

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by W.A. Mozart
April 7 & 9, 1989
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1987/88 Season

THE MERRY WIDOW
by Franz Lehár
October 30 & November 1, 1987
MATC Mitby Theater

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by Giacomo Puccini
April 15 & 17, 1988
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1986/87 Season

NOYE’S FLUDDE
by Benjamin Britten
September 20, 1986
Masonic Temple Auditorium

FIDELIO
by Ludwig Van Beethoven
performed in concert
November 8, 1986
Oscar Mayer Theatre

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
by Stephen Sondheim
January 16 & 17, 1987
Masonic Temple Auditorium

TOSCA
by Giacomo Puccini
April 3 & 5, 1987
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1985/86 Season

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA 
by Pietro Mascagni
PAGLIACCI
by Ruggero Leoncavallo
April 11 & 13, 1986
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1984/85 Season

LA PÉRICHOLE
by Jacques Offenbach
November 17 & 18, 1984
Central High School Auditorium

LA TRAVIATA
by Giuseppe Verdi
March 29 & 31, 1985
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1983/84 Season

THE GYPSY BARON
by Johann Strauss II
November 19 & 20, 1983
Central High School Auditorium

LA BOHÈME
by Giacomo Puccini
March 30 & April 1, 1984
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1982/83 Season

THE BARTERED BRIDE
by Bedřich Smetana
March 18 & 20, 1983
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1981/82 Season

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
by Gian Carlo Menotti
December 4 & 5, 1981
Oscar Mayer Theatre

TURANDOT
by Giacomo Puccini
April 2 & 4, 1982
Oscar Mayer Theatre

1980/81 Season

HANSEL AND GRETEL
by Engelbert Humperdinck
December 20 & 21, 1980
Oscar Mayer Theatre

CARMEN
by Georges Bizet
March 27 & 29, 1981
Oscar Mayer Theatre

Manon, 1977
Manon, 1977

1979/80 Season

AIDA
by Giuseppe Verdi
March 28 & 30, 1980
Oscar Mayer Theatre

AMELIA GOES TO THE BALL
by Gian Carlo Menotti
THE IMPRESSARIO
by W.A. Mozart
June 2, 1980
Central High School Auditorium

1978/79 Season

FAUST
by Charles Gounod
February 23-25, 1979
Union Theater

1977/78 Season

DIE FLEDERMAUS
by Johann Strauss II
February 24-26, 1978
Union Theater

1976/77 Season

MANON
by Jules Massenet
February 11 & 12, 1977
Union Theater

1975/76 Season

THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE
by Douglas Moore
February 13 & 14, 1976
Union Theater

1974/75 Season

COSI FAN TUTTE
by W. A. Mozart
September 28 & 29, 1974
Masonic Temple Auditorium

LA TRAVIATA
by Giuseppe Verdi
February 28 & March 1, 1975
Union Theater

1973/74 Season

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by Giacomo Puccini
March 8 & 9, 1974
Union Theater

1972/73 Season

GIANNI SCHICCHI
by Giacomo Puccini
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
by Pietro Mascgani
February 9-11, 1973
West High School Auditorium

1971/72 Season

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by W.A. Mozart
February 18-20, 1972
Central High School Auditorium

1970/71 Season

HELP, HELP, THE GLOBOLINKS!
by Gian Carlo Menotti
February 12-14, 1971
Memorial High School Auditorium

The Ballad of Baby Doe, 1968
The Ballad of Baby Doe, 1968

1969/70 Season

CARMEN
by Georges Bizet
February 27 – March 1, 1970
East High School Auditorium

1968/69 Season

THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE
by Douglas Moore
February 16-18, 1968
West High School Auditorium

1967/68 Season

HANSEL & GRETEL
by Engelbert Humperdinck
THE JUMPING FROGS OF CALAVERAS COUNTY
by Lukas Foss
February 16-18, 1968
West High School Auditorium

1966/67 Season

DIE FLEDERMAUS
by Johann Strauss II
February 10-12, 1967
West High School Auditorium

1965/66 Season

TOSCA
by Giacomo Puccini
January 21 & 22, 1966
Central High School Auditorium

1964/65 Season

FALSTAFF
by Giuseppe Verdi
February 18-20, 1965
East High School Auditorium

1963/64 Season

NOYE’S FLUDDE
by Benjamin Britten
November 17, 1963
First Congregational Church

LA VOIX HUMAINE
by Francis Poulenc
February 29, 1964
Inn on the Park Hotel

1962/63 Season

LA BOHÈME
by Giacomo Puccini
January 11 & 12, 1963
East High School Auditorium

1961/62 Season

ACT II of DIE FLEDERMAUS
by Johann Strauss II
May 5 & 6, 1962
Alliant Energy Youth Building

ACT II of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by W.A. Mozart
May 27, 1962
Central High School Scanian Hall