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Madison Opera is a non-profit, professional opera company based in Madison, Wisconsin. A resident organization of the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Opera produces three operas annually in addition to Opera in the Park and a variety of educational programming.

Opera Up Close is a series hosted by Kathryn Smith, General Director of Madison Opera. Join us for behind-the-scenes preview of each season's productions.

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Madison Opera Opera Up Close: Don Giovanni Preview

Episode first aired on 4/29/2013

Don Giovanni Preview
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A Masked Ball Preview

Episode first aired on 10/31/2012

In Verdi's A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera), a King is conspired against, and is ultimately betrayed by his most trusted friend. This rich theatrical tapestry is woven of illicit love, a fortune-teller, a masked ball, and as many vows of vengeance as can be packed into three hours. Verdi's much-loved work is Italian opera at its very best.
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Cinderella Preview

Episode first aired on 4/28/2012

Rossini brings bel canto magic to a beloved fairy tale in his classic comedy Cinderella (La Cenerentola). With a shimmering score full of vocal fireworks, the opera follows the beautiful maid Angelina on a quest for true love, despite the scheming of her cruel stepfather and wicked stepsisters. This episode of "Opera Up Close" gives audiences a chance to meet the cast and learn more about mounting this production.
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Galileo Galilei Preview

Episode first aired on 1/29/2012

Madison Opera celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic American composer Philip Glass with a new production of one of his most acclaimed recent works, Galileo Galilei. This episode of "Opera Up Close" gives audiences a chance to meet the cast and learn more about mounting this production.
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The Traviata Preview

Episode first aired on 4/20/2011

The tragic tale of Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont has mesmerized opera audiences for decades with some of Verdi's most recognizable music and transfixing characters. La Traviata brings the 2010-11 mainstage season to a close in a lavish production with sets from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This episode of "Opera Up Close" gave audiences a chance to meet the cast and learn more about mounting this production.
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The Threepenny Preview

Episode first aired on 2/4/2011

Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera follows the travails of the notorious criminal Macheath as he navigates a world of beggars, thieves, and prostitutes in Victorian London. With music deeply rooted in jazz and Viennese operetta, Weill's provocative setting of Bertol Brecht's gritty drama has enchanted audiences for the last century. This episode of "Opera Up Close" gave audiences a chance to meet the cast and learn more about mounting this production.
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The Flying Dutchman preview

Episode first aired on 4/2/2010

A behind-the-scenes preview of Madison Opera's much anticipated first staging of an opera by Richard Wagner. With extensive multi-media presentations, engaging guest artist commentaries, historical perspectives and musical and production explorations of each opera, "Opera UpClose" helps anyone gain access into the operatic art form.