Friday, October 30, 2009

Opera Up Close: TIME CHANGE!

Opera Up Close: The Carmen Preview will now take place from 12 - 2 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 1 at MMoCA. The event was originally scheduled for 4 - 6 p.m. but has been changed due to a statewide conflict with the Packers v. Vikings game.

Be sure to join us as
General Director Allan Naplan leads an exciting and engaging multi-media exploration of Bizet's Carmen. He'll be joined by Maestro John DeMain, director Candace Evans, soprano Katharine Goeldner and tenor Adam Diegel for commentary on the Madison Opera production.

General Admission $20 / Students FREE with valid ID

More rehearsal pics

Adam Diegel (Don Jose) and Katharine Goeldner (Carmen)
rehearse a heated exchange in Act III

More rehearsal pictures are now posted in our photo gallery. Check them out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Scenes from Carmen rehearsals

I've been taking some photos at this week's rehearsals for Carmen over at Promenade Hall. These should give you a sense of just how many people are involved in this production (actual total: 238). More to come after Thursday night!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flamenco Fans at Kids in the Rotunda

On Saturday, Madison Opera partnered with Kids in the Rotunda and the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center on a community art project that had kids making Flamenco Fans to go on display in the Overture Hall lobby during Carmen. We all had a great time, enjoy the pictures!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Candace Evans in Madison Magazine

Director / choreographer Candace Evans is featured in this month's issue of Madison Magazine. Check it out! From the article...

"I adore Carmen," says Evans, who now lives in Dallas. "The core of the story is about love and passion and what you care about--and being honest about it."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Madison Youth Choirs gets the opera treatment

Members of the Madison Youth Choirs and their families were treated to a special presentation by Madison Opera last night. General Director Allan Naplan offered a youth-friendly version of Opera Up Close: The Carmen Preview, featuring the music and history of Carmen and an often hilarious look at the many modern pop-incarnations of Bizet's famous music. Following the presentation, soprano Elizabeth Cabellero (Micaela) worked the crowd with "Quando me'n vĂ²" from La Boheme. Tenor James Kryshak (Remendado) then sang "Ah! Mes amis" from La Fille du Regiment, wowing everyone with 10 high-C's and a high-D thrown in for good measure. To end the night, the artists spoke a bit about their lives as opera singers and answered questions from the young choristers, many of whom will be appearing in Carmen.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Education activities update

Carmen artists arrive on Sunday, with our first reherasals starting on Monday. Stay tuned for interviews, videos, and rehearsal photos once things get under way next week!

For now, let's take a look at what's coming up under our Creating OPERAtunities education initiative.
  • On Tuesday night, Oct. 20, General Director Allan Naplan and guest artists from Carmen will present a special Opera Up Close event for the Madison Youth Choirs.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, bring the kids to the Overture Center Rotunda Lobby and join us in creating Flamenco Fans to put on display during Carmen! In partnership with the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center and Kids in the Rotunda, Madison Opera will have coloring and decorating stations set up in the lobby from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stop by before or after Kids in the Rotunda performances by Wouli!
  • Notifications for the 2009-2010 High School Apprenticeship Program went out this morning, and we're excited for what looks like a fantastic group of young singers! Participants will go behind-the-scenes with Madison Opera for a year, starting with Carmen.
  • Opera Up Close: The Carmen Preview will take place on Sunday, Nov. 1, 4 - 6 p.m. at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lecture Hall (Gen. Admisison: $20, Students: FREE). Yes, we know there is some sort of football game going on at the same time, but don't worry, we'll keep all attendees posted of the score!
  • On Wednesday, Nov. 4, we'll hold our annual Student Matinee. This year's students are definitely in for a doesn't get more exciting than Carmen.
  • Pre-Opera Talks are offered by General Director Allan Naplan in the Wisconsin Studio (3rd floor of Overture) exactly 1 hour before every performance. This is your last chance to learn about the music and history of Carmen and the details of the Madison Opera production before you take your seat!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Met Opera National Council Auditions

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., head to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield to hear opera's rising stars audition in the Wisconsin district of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition. General Director Allan Naplan will award special talent with a future Madison Opera role. Two of last year's winners of the Wisconsin district can be seen in our upcoming Carmen: mezzo-soprano Jamie Van Eyck as Mercedes, and tenor James Kryshak as Remendado. Tenor Gregory Schmidt, who performs Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with Madison Opera in January, is also a past winner. It's sure to be exciting!

Monday, October 5, 2009


The Habanera. You know it, even if you don’t, and now it just may be your ticket to free tickets.

Madison Opera is excited to announce its first ever YouTube video contest: Show Us Your Habanera! The Habanera is a famous aria from Georges Bizet’s popular opera Carmen. It originated on the opera stage but has since infiltrated our popular culture, appearing on your TV daily in commercials for everything from Doritos to Pepsi.

THE TASK: Create and upload YOUR version of the Habanera to YouTube. The most creative video--be it funny, beautiful, whatever--wins! Videos should be between 1 and 4 minutes long.*

THE PRIZE: A pair of tickets to Madison Opera’s opening night performance of Carmen in Overture Hall on Friday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

TO ENTER: Upload your video to YouTube and tag it “habanera contest.” Then, link the video to our Facebook page or in the comments section of this blog. You can also e-mail it to

DEADLINE: Friday, October 23, 2009.

*Stuck for ideas? Try writing new lyrics, lip syncing, singing along (in English OR French, if you're fancy), choreographing, animating or otherwise dramatically reworking the Habanera. Surprise us!

Don’t miss your shot at YouTube glory and the chance to win the hottest tickets in town!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Escamillo, your time is up?

In his always interesting "Abroad" column, Michael Kimmelman reports on the "Twilight of the Matadors" in Northeast Spain. Hopefully this doesn't affect Escamillo's job safety in Seville.