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Hillary Schave

Opera for the Young has been taking one of the stuffiest music genres into schools since 1970. The organization doesn’t just perform the art, it makes the kids part of the show. Read more

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Beau Meyer

Despite some sound engineering issues, a joint production of University Opera and University Theatre produces a marvelous talent showcase with “Into the Woods.” Read more

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James Gill

Some purists wonder whether opera companies should produce operettas. Madison Opera’s scintillating production of “A Little Night Music" proves why they should. Read more

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James Gill

Strong performances and superb production make Madison Opera’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” an excellent season-ender. Read more

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No one does opera quite like Fresco Opera Theatre. The troupe’s latest invention is a world premiere of “Queen of the Night,” a prequel to Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Read more

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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. Read more

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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." Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Dominic Mercier

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

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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. Read more

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Michael R. Anderson

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

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“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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Michael R. Anderson

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

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Max Wendt

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

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