How can we keep from singing?
Madison Opera’s Digital Winter

Although the pandemic has made it impossible for us to gather in the Capitol Theater for our planned production of She Loves Me, Madison Opera is not going silent.

Continuing the success of our Digital Fall, we are embarking on a Digital Winter season that runs from January through March and includes the range of content that has become our (digital) signature. As with Digital Fall, events will be added and adjusted, as opportunities arise and challenges dictate.

Read on for information on what we have planned so far; more details will come.  (Thank you for your understanding of the ever-changing nature of our times!)

Digital Winter Subscription

A Digital Winter subscription is just $50 per household.  (It makes a great holiday gift, too!)

Wondering how you’ll keep track of it all?
We will send subscribers an email on the first day of each month with the tentative schedule of live-streamed events and digital releases. All content will be available to subscribers for one month from the “live” date, so you can watch at your leisure, and as often as you wish.

Our Digital Winter features a roster of favorite Madison Opera singers, some within driving distance and some joining us digitally. The current roster features:

  • Emily Birsan (Rusalka, Romeo & Juliette)
  • Alan Dunbar (Fellow Travelers, The Magic Flute)
  • Ben Edquist (Fellow Travelers)
  • Emily Glick (A Little Night Music)
  • Robert Goderich (Pagliacci, The Tales of Hoffmann)
  • Kirsten Larson (La Traviata, Rusalka)
  • Cecilia Violetta López (La Traviata, Carmen)
  • Sidney Outlaw (Fellow Travelers; Romeo & Juliette)
  • Karen Slack (Opera in the Park, Dead Man Walking)
  • Andrew Wilkowske (Fellow Travelers)

Our home in the Margaret C. Winston Madison Opera Center is perfect for some socially-distanced music-making, streamed directly with you. Join us on February 13 for a Valentine’s Day recital with soprano Emily Birsan; a March date and artist will be announced later.

No need to go out in the snow! We will share mini-recitals from some beloved Madison Opera artists throughout the digital season. Get your fix of a wide range of repertoire, brought from our artists’ homes to yours.

Miss the operatic conversation? Join us online! Opera Up Close Cocktail Hour invites company members to join us for a roundtable on different aspects of opera. Subscribers can ask questions in advance and during the live stream. Planned roundtables include Stage Managers, Madison Opera Singer Alumni, and another to be announced

Kathryn Smith continues her monthly lecture series on aspects of opera history, complete with obscure facts, amusing anecdotes, and cute pet photos to distract you. Subscribers can send in questions in advance and ask them during the live stream.

This pandemic time has brought about new creativity – within the bounds of health guidance, of course. We have some interesting ideas we’d like to play with in digital winter, and hope you will take a chance on us and be part of them.


Fran Klos

Sally & Mike Miley