Explore opera!

Madison Opera offers a wide range of education and engagement activities for both adults and students.

Student activities include the Student Matinee and the High School Apprentice Program.

Opera Up Close offers an in-depth look at each production, including an artist roundtable.

Opera Talk with Kathryn Smith returns this season. In these free online talks, Kathryn goes down varied rabbit holes of opera and its centuries of history. Find out details here.

Community previews are offered in retirement communities, and a digital version of each preview will be available to the broader public. Find out about Digital Previews here.

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 to students and generously underwritten by Madison Opera’s supporters.

Applications will open for the 2024/25 cohort in late summer 2024.

Questions? Contact Company Manager Samantha Garcia at garcia@madisonopera.org.


The Deepika and Rajesh Family in Memory of Lalita Rajaraman

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 Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, and Carmen.

The Student Matinee in the 24/25 season will be Rossini’s The Barber of Seville on Wednesday, October 30, 2024, in Overture Hall. Click below to reserve your spots. We can’t wait to see you there!

For any questions or further information, email Chloe Agostino at agostino@madisonopera.org.

Behind the Scenes

When the curtain goes up on a Madison Opera production at Overture Center, you are transported to a new world through the culmination of days, months, and years of hard work. During our 2021 performances of Lucia di Lammermoor, we went behind the curtain to talk with some of the professionals who made that production possible.

Watch this short series of videos as they introduce themselves, share a bit about what they do, and give you a perspective audiences never see.

Benjamin Taylor

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