Student Matinee

Now in its fourth decade, the Student Matinee program brings thousands of middle and high school students from across Wisconsin to a Madison Opera performance.  The 2018/19 Student Matinee will be Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci on October 31, 2018 in Overture Hall.  We will start taking reservations in late August.

To receive Student Matinee e-mails and mailings, contact Madison Opera at 608.238.8085 or

High School Apprentice Program

Madison Opera’s High School Apprentice Program offers high school juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to explore and experience 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 and higher education programs, the apprentices receive a thorough introduction to the production process and careers in the performing arts.  Many former Apprentices have gone on to sing with the Madison Opera Chorus and in solo roles.

The program is free of charge, generously underwritten by Madison Opera’s supporters.

Applications for the 2018/19 program will be available in August 2018.

For more information, contact Madison Opera at 608.238.8085

Opera Novice

Demystifying opera
one hour at a time

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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, and have the chance to ask questions. It’s the perfect jump-start for the opera-curious.

Reality Opera: The “Verismo” School
Friday, October 12, 2018, 6-7pm

Isn’t it Rich? The Works of Stephen Sondheim
Friday, January 18, 2019, 6-7pm

Fairy-Tale Opera
Friday, April 5, 2019, 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.

Community Previews

An informative sneak-peek of each upcoming opera

Community Previews

Free previews are held during the year in public libraries and retirement communities around our region, bringing the opera up close and personal to our neighborhoods. Come get a sneak peek of the opera at these informative and entertaining previews.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Community Preview
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7-8pm
Capitol Lakes Retirement Community

Opera Up Close

There’s no better way to get up close with opera

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Join Madison Opera for a series of entertaining and informative previews of this season’s productions. General Director Kathryn Smith leads a multimedia exploration of the history of each opera, plus a roundtable discussion with the production’s leading artists.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Preview
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 1-3pm

A Little Night Music Preview
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 1-3pm

Rusalka Preview
Sunday, April 21, 2019, 1-3pm

Opera Up Close is held at The Margaret C. Winston Madison Opera Center. Admission is $20 for non-subscribers. Subscribe and save up to $60 on Opera Up Close tickets.

Opera Guides

Madison Opera’s Click | Read | Watch | Listen guides offer an introduction to the music, history, and composers of our productions, with links to online resources, such as full scores, YouTube samples, pop culture references, and more.

Click below to download each pdf guide.