Madison Opera offers a wide range of education and engagement activities from both adults and students. Keep reading for information on talks and previews, the Student Matinee, and the High School Apprentice Program.
Our online content includes recorded versions of General Director Kathryn Smith’s previews (posted about three weeks prior to each opera) and Opera Guides, which offer links to online resources about each opera, such as video samples, pop culture references and more.
one hour at a time
New to opera? Just want more insight? Come to the Madison Opera Center for a short, fun, and informative evening, led by General Director Kathryn Smith. Learn about different aspects of opera and its history, enjoy a live performance by a Studio Artist, and have the chance to ask questions. It’s the perfect jump-start for the opera-curious.
The 1960s: Musicals vs Operas
Friday, January 8, 2021 | 6-7pm
Friday, April 9, 2021 | 6-7pm
Opera Novice is held at The Margaret C. Winston Madison Opera Center and is FREE and open to the public. RSVP’s are requested.
An informative sneak-peek of each upcoming opera
Free previews are held during the year in public libraries and retirement communities, bringing opera up close to our neighborhoods. Madison Opera staff lead a multimedia look at each opera – their composers, their histories, and details of Madison Opera’s upcoming production. Each preview also includes a live performance of an aria from the opera.
Dates and locations for the 20/21 season will be posted later in the fall; check back for details!
Opera Up Close
There’s no better way to get up close with opera
Join Madison Opera for a series of behind-the-scenes previews of this season’s productions. General Director Kathryn Smith leads a multimedia exploration of the history of each opera, followed by a roundtable discussion with the production’s leading artists.
She Loves Me Preview
Sunday, January 24, 2021 | 1-3pm
The Marriage of Figaro Preview
Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 1-3pm
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.
Apprentices will have the opportunity to:
-meet and dine with distinguished guest artists
-attend rehearsals and performances
-participate in masterclasses and workshops
-attend Opera Novice and Opera Up Close previews
-speak with Madison Opera staff and crew on working in the opera industry
-take a backstage tour of the Overture Center
-have a great time while learning about what it takes to bring an opera to life
The program is free of charge, generously underwritten by Madison Opera’s supporters. More information about the program can be found here.
Applications for the 2020/21 season apprentice program will be available in the summer; please check back for more information in July.
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.
The 2020/21 Student Matinee will be Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on April 28, 2021 at 11am. More information and reservations will be available in late summer 2020. To be added to the mailing list, please contact Samantha Garcia at email@example.com.
Madison Opera’s Click | Read | Watch | Listen guides offer an introduction to each opera, with links to online resources, such as full scores, YouTube samples, pop culture references, and more. Click below to download each pdf guide.