Explore opera!

Madison Opera offers a wide range of education and engagement activities for both adults and students.  Read below for information on the Student Matinee and the High School Apprentice Program.

In a traditional season, we offer community previews of upcoming operas; Opera Up Close, an in-depth look at each opera including an artist roundtable; and Kathryn Smith’s popular talks on different aspects of opera. Much of this content went online during the pandemic season.  In the 21/22 season, Kathryn’s talks will remain online, while Opera Up Close and community previews will return to in-person editions. A full calendar of in-person and digital talks will be available in August.

High School Apprentice Program

Madison Opera’s High School Apprentice Program offers high school juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to explore the world of professional opera. With behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and performances, one-on-one interaction with professional artists and industry experts, and guidance on training, the apprentices receive a thorough introduction to the production process and careers in the performing arts. Many former apprentices have gone on to sing in the Madison Opera Chorus.

The program is free of charge, generously underwritten by Madison Opera’s supporters. Applications for the 2021/22 season will be available in August 2021.

Student Matinee

Now in its fourth decade, the Student Matinee program brings thousands of middle and high school students from across Wisconsin to a school-day performance at Madison Opera. In recent seasons, students have seen productions of La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, Carmen, and The Magic Flute.

The 2021/22 Student Matinee will be announced in summer 2021, with reservations taken starting in August. To be added to the mailing list, please contact Samantha Garcia at garcia@madisonopera.org.


A. Paul Jones
Charitable Trust

Herb Kohl Philanthropies

Steinhauer Charitable Trust