Individual Giving

Madison Opera is a not-for-profit arts organization.  Ticket sales pay for only a fraction of the cost of putting opera onstage, and most of our programs outside of Overture Hall, including Opera in the Park, are completely free of charge.  We are proud of the way we connect people through our art form, but we cannot do it without your help.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution, affirming our role in our area’s rich cultural and economic climate and allowing us to continue to bring opera to full, glorious life in our community.

Here are three simple ways to give.

1. Gifts of cash.  Mail a check to Madison Opera at 335 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703, call us at (608) 238-8085, or donate online.  You can also set up monthly credit card charges, spreading out your gift over the course of a year and accruing the benefits to your annual giving level.

2.  Gifts of securities.  Transfer stock or other securities directly from your brokerage account to ours.  Please call or have your broker call the Madison Opera office for our account information.

3.  IRA Rollover Gifts.  If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make tax-free charitable gifts directly from your Individual Retirement Account to us.

Thank you!

Benefits of Giving

Benefits of Giving

Partner (up to $250+)
  • Recognition in Madison Opera Performance Programs
  • Invitation to Season Announcement Party ($100+)
Enthusiast ($250+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Invitation to one Opening Night reception
Benefactor ($500+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Invitations to all Opening Night receptions
  • Invitation to backstage tours
Bronze Circle ($1,250+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Complimentary reserved parking for Madison Opera performances
  • Invitations to private party featuring Opera in the Park artists
Silver Circle ($2,500+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Tickets to the final dress rehearsals
  • Complimentary beverages during intermission of Madison Opera performances
Johnson Gold Circle ($5,000+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Invitation for two to a private dinner at the Madison Opera Center
  • Option to host private reception during Overture Hall productions
  • Option to be listed as a Supporting Sponsor of a production
Stanke Platinum Circle ($10,000+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Invitation to final rehearsal room run-through of a selected opera
  • Option to be listed as Lead Sponsor of a production 
Grand Circle ($25,000+)
Benefits listed above plus
  • Customized benefits package

Corporate Giving

Business support for Madison Opera is a crucial piece of our success.  Our corporate partners show the community they believe in the importance of the arts and the cultural life of our region, gaining their loyal patronage.

Sponsorships begin at $5,000 and can help support an individual opera production, Opera in the Park, or any of our youth or adult education programs.  We provide a custom set of benefits and promotional opportunities for you, your clients, and your employees.


Madison Opera offers a variety of advertising opportunities in our playbills, reaching over 15,000 people over the course of the season.  Whether your target market is our Opera in the Park or all of our upcoming season, choose the package that is right for you!

Planned Giving

Leave a lasting legacy.

Since 1961, Madison Opera has been sharing the excitement of opera with our community through the production of a broad operatic repertoire; through student matinees for middle school and high school students from across the state; through preview in retirement communities and libraries; through Opera in the Park; and so much more.  Our production and programming have grown and evolved over our lifetime, and we know they will continue to do so as our community and opera itself evolves.

Planned giving through your estate will help ensure this tradition of excellence into the future, both onstage and through our extensive education and engagement programs. Your gift will touch thousands in meaningful ways for years into the future.

If you plan to include or have already included Madison Opera in your estate plan, please let us know. We are honored to recognize our generous supporters as members of The Encore Society in our playbill and at a very special dinner in the Madison Opera Center every year.

The Madison Opera Foundation

Established in 2001, the Madison Opera Foundation is an important part of Madison Opera’s financial structure.  Managed by a board of directors, it oversees several funds, including the Madison Opera Endowment (for gifts given in perpetuity), the Madison Opera Reserve, and several donor-designated funds.

For information on the Foundation, please contact Madison Opera at 608.238.8085.


We need your help!

Opera in the Park

Opera in the Park

Every year we rely on over 100 volunteers to help make Opera in the Park a success. Opera in the Park 2020 will be held on July 25 in Garner Park, and we would love to have you join us!  We have a wide variety of tasks available, including set-up, clean-up, helping with parking, selling light sticks, and handing out programs. Click here for a list of volunteer needs.

We will begin signing up volunteers for Opera in the Park 2020 in March; in the meantime, please save the date to help us produce this wonderful performance for our community.



A supernumerary is a non-speaking, non-singing role in an opera. Roles vary from production to production, but can include soldiers, waiters, and everything in between. Click below for more information and to submit a “super questionnaire.”