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James Gill

Powerful mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano really grabs the listener’s ears and eyes in Madison Opera’s revival of “Carmen” at Overture Hall. more

Nov 4, 2017 8:56 AM Stage 2 Comments


Michael R. Anderson

University Opera's spring production is a carefully conceived and thought-provoking staging of Benjamin Britten's chamber opera "The Turn of the Screw." more

Mar 4, 2017 9:41 AM Stage

A short, short story from a Madison high school teacher has traveled all the way from Madison to Beloit and finally to New York City, where “The Wallet” will premiere as a short opera. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Stage


Artemisia Gentileschi

A 17th-century rape trial is the basis for a new opera by Madison composer and UW-Madison prof Laura Elise Schwendinger. “Artemisia” premieres in New York City Jan. 7. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments


James Gill

Madison Opera’s “Romeo and Juliet” is a timely reminder of how irrational hatred can destroy the world. It features a strong cast, including Madison favorite Emily Birsan as Juliet. more

Nov 6, 2016 10:15 AM Stage

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Dan Myers

The Madison Savoyards are back — with a witty and energetic production of “The Gondoliers,” one of the finest Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Performances run through August 7 at Music Hall. more

Jul 31, 2016 6:55 PM Stage


Dominic Mercier

Favorites from Gounod and Mozart bookend a Midwestern premiere in Madison Opera’s just-announced 2016-17 season. more

Mar 25, 2016 12:20 PM Stage

Clara Schumann was a talented player and composer who also happened to love two of the world’s most famous composers. Fresco Opera Theatre presents a new play celebrating her life and work April 1-3. more

Mar 24, 2016 5:00 AM Stage


Michael R. Anderson

University Opera has produced a breathtaking and professional version of "Transformations," based on the twisted fairytale poems of Anne Sexton. more

Mar 12, 2016 2:30 PM Stage

“Transformations” is a collaboration between composer Conrad Susa and the award-winning poet Anne Sexton. The dark and funny opera, presented by University Opera, opens March 11. more

Mar 10, 2016 6:00 AM Stage


Maureen Janson Heintz

Four Seasons Theatre presents a gorgeous, operatic rendition of the nuanced musical “The Light in the Piazza.” The show captures the magic of Italy and young love. more

Dec 6, 2015 3:00 PM Stage


James Gill

"La Bohème," the story of love and loss among the poor artists of 19th-century Paris, is a surefire hit. But a production like Madison Opera's really brings its beauty and power to fullest life. more

Nov 14, 2015 7:00 PM Stage


Michael R. Anderson

Friday's season-opening "Marriage of Figaro" is a delight for the ears and eyes, says John W. Barker. more

Oct 24, 2015 8:23 AM Stage


Max Wendt

In “Rinaldo and the Galactic Crusades,” Fresco Opera Theatre mashes up “Star Wars” and a classic Handel opera with a brilliant result. more

Jun 6, 2015 1:36 PM Stage