Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ten Questions with Erik Earl Larson

Erik Earl Larson, Baritone
Dancaïre - Carmen

1.  Where were you born? Where were you raised?

I was born in Madison, WI and raised in Evansville, WI.

2.  If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?

I probably would have gone to school for engineering - like my dad. But the older I get, the more I'm interested in law and social justice, so maybe that? 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was…

...the chorus in Madison Opera's The Flying Dutchman in Spring of 2010, my senior year of high school. I ended up doing five shows (I think) with the Madison Opera Chorus, ending my tenure with Dead Man Walking in Spring 2014 - which was also my professional debut as the Motorcycle Cop.

4.  My favorite opera...

...tends to change on a weekly basis, but The Marriage of Figaro is my proverbial ol' faithful. 

5.  My favorite food to cook or eat is…

...chicken fried rice (I'm not a talented cook).

6.  People would be surprised to know…

I have a long-standing tradition of getting pedicures with my sisters. My toes are usually painted a sensible red.

7.  If I could travel anywhere, real or fantasy…

I would most definitely travel to the Water Gardens of Dorne.

8.  I like to binge-watch…

My go-to binge watching show is The Office, but most recently I've been working through Sons of Anarchy.

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?

This depends on a lot of factors...am I cooking? Are we all cooking together? So many things to consider...BUT, if I had to choose...I would say George London, Carol Burnett (for comic relief), Rick Sanchez (for good spirits), and finally - the love of my life, Bridget. 

10.  Everyone should see Carmen because….

It is honestly one of few absolutely timeless masterpieces. With a beautiful drama displayed in so many - very human ways - it's a perfect example how opera can marry several arts into one union.

11.  Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).

BONUS! WUBBA-LUBBA-DUB-DUB!!

"I don't understand the question, and I won't respond to it."





Don't miss the chance to see Erik in Carmen, Bizet's breathtaking opera. Performances are November 3 & November 5 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.






Monday, October 16, 2017

Ten Questions with Charles Eaton

Charles Eaton, Baritone

Moralès - Carmen


1.  Where were you born? Where were you raised?

I was born and raised in Storrs, CT.  It's the town that has the University of Connecticut, where my grandparents, parents, and all of my siblings (including myself!) went to college.

2.  If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?

A dream job was always to be a veterinarian, but in retrospect, I'm not sure I'd have the nerves for it (too many sick pups).  

3.  The first opera I was ever in was

I was an eager chorister in Die Fledermaus at the University of Connecticut, before I really knew what opera was all about.

4.  My favorite opera is…

I absolutely love The Crucible by Robert Ward.  I think the music and drama is spectacular.  The Marriage of Figaro is pretty high up on my list as well.

5.  My favorite food to cook or eat is…

I love all things coconut.  I will always choose coconut flavor over all others if given the option.

6.  People would be surprised to know… 


I lived with my parents for my last three years of college...the idea of taking out more loans to live in a dorm seemed silly, and my parents are pretty awesome :).

7.  If I could travel anywhere, real or fantasy, I would travel to…

Hobbiton.  Hands down.

8.  I like to binge-watch…

The Office is my go-to show when trying to fall asleep to something or pass time.  I think I've watched the whole series about 10 times through.

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?

It'd be incredible to meet the guy I'm named after, who died in World War II.  Other than that, maybe Mahler, my theory professor from grad school (Michael Cherlin, who loves Mahler and taught me so much about his music), and my childhood pup, Marley, who passed last year.  That'd be an interesting meet up...

10.  Everyone should see Carmen because…. 

It's such a fun, dramatic story with an awesome, powerful leading lady, and the music is some of the most recognizable and beautiful there is.

11.  Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?

Q: What would be your superpower if you could have just one?
A: Transfiguratiom, like McGonagall!




Don't miss the chance to see Charles in Carmen, Bizet's breathtaking opera. Performances are November 3 & November 5 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Ten Questions with Studio Artist Anna Polum

Anna Polum – Soprano

1. Where were you born/ where were you raised?
I was born in Everett, Washington and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska since I was 9 months old.

2. If you weren’t a vocalist, what profession would you be in?
Speech pathologist.

3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Carmen.

4. My favorite opera is…
Peter Grimes.

5. My favorite pre/post show meal is…
Pre-show is always something light, like a salad with lots of fruits and vegetables. Post-show is when I pig out, usually with a burger.

6. People would be surprised to know…
That despite being from Alaska I did not grow up without electricity, ride polar bears to school, or live in an igloo.

7. I like to binge-watch…
The Office, New Girl, Law and Order.

8. What four people would you like to invite for a dinner party?
My Grandma Thompson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alma Mahler, and Oscar Wilde.

9. What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn? 
That was when I had to play a nun, but it had a steampunk theme. I was covered from head to toe in tons of black fabric (so it was hot under the stage lights) with one strip of white around my face. All of my make-up would rub off on to it. It was gross.

10. Why should people go to the opera?
Because it’s fun!  It’s not as far out of reach as people generally think. There’s an opera out there for every person and their interests.

11. Bonus: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?
Q: Do you like summer?
A: No, I’m from Alaska! I love winter!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ten Questions with Studio Artist Benjamin Liupaugo

Benjamin Liupaogo - Tenor


1. Where were you born/ where were you raised?
I was born in Castro Valley, California. I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2. If you weren’t a vocalist, what profession would you be in?
I would be in the medical field. I like to help people.

3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Orpheus in the Underworld.

4. My favorite opera is…
Aida.

5. My favorite pre/post show meal is…
Pre-show would be crackers and many different types of cheese and meats. Post-show would be cheesecake.

6. People would be surprised to know…
That I am a big teddy bear!

7. I like to binge-watch…
Shameless, Bones, Charmed, Numbers, Harry Potter 1 – 7.

8. What four people would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Sondheim, Franz Liszt

9. What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn? 
In a production of Candide, I had on genie pants and a top. They were like pajamas but way too big for my body. I looked like the marshmallow man from Ghostbusters.

10. Why should people go to the opera?
To experience a beautiful art form and to be amazed at what is required of an opera caliber singer. First and foremost go for the singing. It takes a lot of work to make singing sound easy in an operatic production.

11. Bonus: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?
Q: Why did you choose music as your field/career?
A: I chose classical music and voice as my career because I love and have a passion for this art form.  My purpose for this career path was for myself.  I made a choice that I would pursue this career for the sake of the art and the music it had to offer to others as well as myself. I like to help people, and this is one way that I can help others. Music has always given me life and I could not see myself in any field other than music.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ten Questions with Studio Artist Megan Ott

Megan Ott – Mezzo-Soprano

1. Where were you born/ where were you raised?
Erie, Pennsylvania.

2. If you weren’t a vocalist, what profession would you be in?
Voiceover actor. I am currently perfecting my “operatic chipmunk voice.”

3. The first opera I was ever in was…
Amahl and the Night Visitors. I was the Page!

4. My favorite opera is…
La Cenerentola

5. My favorite post-show meal is…
Post-show, I love eating Italian food and having a nice glass of wine.

6. People would be surprised to know…
I can solve a Rubik’s cube in 47 seconds.

7. I like to binge-watch…
The Office. Lately I’ve also been watching Ozark.

8. What four people would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Abe Lincoln, Ellen DeGeneres, Gael García Bernal, and Salvador Dalí.

9. What is the best costume you’ve ever worn? 
It was in a production of The Magic Flute, when I sang the Third Lady. The costume was steampunk meets super woman, all tied together with glowing lightning bolts.

10. Why should people go to the opera?
Because it is a chance for them to step out of reality and into something magical for a few hours. It is a chance to find peace and can be extremely healing, especially with all of the negativity in our world right now.

11. Bonus: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)?
Q: Where do you want to travel to next?
A: Iceland is somewhere I’ve been itching to explore.

Don't miss the chance to see Megan all year long, on our mainstage and in our community.  Visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the Park with Joseph Mechavich

In the Park with...

Joseph Mechavich
Conductor, Opera in the Park





1.  Where were you born / raised? 

Long Lake, Minnesota (western suburb of Minneapolis).  I currently live in Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
A delicious rosé from Provence.

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
... conducting the Star Wars Suite with the Florida Orchestra for 15,000 souls in Raymond James Stadium/Tampa... especially Darth Vader's Theme... Jumbotron!!!

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
...anything and everything at Tanglewood.

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
...(see number 2)

6.  My ideal vacation is....
...lying on a deserted beach and drinking (see number 2).


Join Joseph for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Monday, July 17, 2017

In the Park with with Cecilia Violetta López

In the Park with...

Cecilia Violetta López
Soprano, Opera in the Park







1.  Where were you born / raised? 

I was born and raised in Rupert, Idaho to Mexican parents. I'm a first generation Mexican-American.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Mom used to make us tacos de frijoles (kept warm by wrapping them in aluminum foil and leaving them on the dashboard) for lunch when we worked in the beet fields. Though our lunch breaks weren't/aren't considered a normal picnic to most folks, my favorite memories were our lunch breaks that mom ended up turning into make-shift picnics. TACOS!

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
...when I was a teenager singing with a mariachi band for a local rodeo in Idaho. It's my favorite because it was the first time I forgot the words to a song!! One of the mariachi band members was super supportive, encouraging me to repeat the first verse (while we were on stage!) to make it sound like I never forgot the words. That didn't work. The band kept playing and after awhile, the words eventually came to me. Embarrassing!

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
When I was 13 or 14, my parents took me to see one of the last Mexican "charros" perform live at the Plaza de Toros in Morelia, Michoacán. The charro we saw was Antonio Aguilar and his entire family of singers! Mr. Aguilar took his dancing horses to the performance, to boot! I remember being in a constant state of awe -- Mr. Aguilar was such a great singer and performer.

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
...spending my daughter's birthday with her!

6.  My ideal vacation is....
It hasn't happened yet, but I'd like it to be Bora Bora or Tahiti -- away from everything.

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer). 
Q: Is it true that the members of the First Regular Session of the Sixty-Fourth Idaho Legislature, the Senate, and the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring and congratulating you for your many achievements in the world of opera?
A: YES! it's true. "The resolution was written by Opera Idaho board member Yvonne McCoy and introduced by Boise Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb. It honors the life and work of the opera singer from Rupert, Idaho."


Join Cecilia for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

In the Park with Will Liverman

In the Park with...
Will Liverman
Baritone, Opera in the Park



1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Biscuits and jelly, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, catfish, cheese curds from The Old Fashioned, and a grilled cheese with extra bacon.

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
I did a performance for the Grant Park Festival at night and the stage lights attracted every large bug in attendance. Several nearly flew in my mouth every time I sang. I have never been more mortified while singing.

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
The first year I attended the Stars at the Lyric concert when I was a freshman in college. 

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
EATING indoors. 

6.  My ideal vacation is....
Dublin, Ireland!

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer). 
Q: Do I want to get breakfast?
A: YES! 


Join Will for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Friday, July 14, 2017

In the Park with Adriana Zabala

In the Park with...


Adriana Zabala
Mezzo-Soprano, Opera in the Park





1.  Where were you born / raised? 

I was born in Georgia and raised in Miami, Caracas, and Houston.

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Champagne, cheese, strawberries, and books. Of course, my honey is sharing it with me!

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
It's not a performance per se, but it was in a natural setting, and was unforgettable. It was when I was 15 years old, and Leonard Bernstein came to the large barn in the forest at Tanglewood where our chorus was rehearsing. He asked us to stand in a circle, close our eyes, and start Durufle's Ubi Caritas together by just listening and breathing. We closed our eyes and somehow took a collective breath. On the downbeat it started to rain on the leaves and trees surrounding the open barn doors. We sang the whole piece with our eyes closed, listening to the rain, feeling the breeze. When we finished, with the rain still echoing, we all slowly opened our eyes, and Bernstein had tears in his eyes.

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
Kiri Te Kanawa singing Mozart arias with the London Symphony at Hampton Court in the summertime wasn't a bad way to spend the evening many years ago. Also so many concerts at Tanglewood, like Rostropovich playing the Dvořák Cello Concerto and James Taylor on the 4th of July. Also Pavarotti in Spoleto.

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
... outdoor concerts, onstage and off! Generally, going to the ocean, traveling, and performing with great friends and colleagues.

6.  My ideal vacation is....
... ocean, books, sun, storms, great food, friends, family, and (in cities) discovering art, architecture, and history.

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: Are you having as much fun on stage as you seem to be having?
A: YEEEEEESSS!


Join Adriana for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In the Park with David Walton

In the Park with...



David Walton
Tenor, Opera in the Park








1.  Where were you born / raised? 

Nashville, Tennessee 

2.  What is in your ideal picnic basket?
Cured meats, dried fruit, grain mustard, crostinis, and light, hoppy beer. 

3.  My most memorable moment performing outside was...
...a talent show at camp covering Green Day songs. 

4.  My favorite outdoor performance I've attended was...
...Mendelssohn's violin concerto with Joshua Bell, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, and the Philidelphia Orchestra at the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival in Vail, Colorado. 

5.  My favorite summertime activity is...
...walking around the lake with my family. 

6.  My ideal vacation is....
...camping, hiking, or traveling overseas. 

7. Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q: What is my ideal summer temperature and time of day?
A: 60 degrees at dusk. 

Join David for Opera in the Park on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park.  FREE admission; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ten Questions with Amanda Woodbury

Ten Questions with
Amanda Woodbury, soprano
Pamina in The Magic Flute




1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Phoenix, but I grew up in Dallas.  I lived in England for 3 years when I was a kid. 

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
Crime fighting! 


3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
The Magic Flute!  I sang First Lady. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
La Traviata.

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Pre-show is smoothies and post-show is pizza. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I lived in England as a child. 

7. The musical instrument that I wish I could play is ...
The cello!

8.  I like to binge-watch...
Heroes.

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
My four siblings, because spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
It has everything!  Romance, magic, action, mystery and comedy. 


Don't miss the chance to see Amanda in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ten Questions with Andrew Bidlack

 
Ten Questions with 
Andrew Bidlack, tenor
Tamino in The Magic Flute





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but we moved around a lot and I was raised in Denver, CO; Laramie, WY; and Wichita, KS; before finishing high school in Chambersburg, PA.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I think I would have stayed in music and focused on another instrument, although I've often romanticized the idea of being a free-lance visual artist.  Unfortunately I'm color blind, so that might have hurt my prospects, although maybe I could have passed off my green sunsets as something deliberate. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
I was Tom Snout in Britten's A Midsummer Nights Dream

4.  My favorite opera is...
This changes all the time depending on what I last listened to.  I always come back to Tosca, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff. 

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Pre-show: Pasta (I'm half Italian, after all).
Post-show: Meat.

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I started playing piano when I was 5 and my mom was my first teacher.  I started college as a guitar major and started singing in rock bands with my friends in high school. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
Piano when I'm feeling focused, guitar when I want to jam. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
I recently discovered this show Mad Men.  Have you heard of it?  It's really good!  (I'm a little late to the party...)

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Louis CK, Jon Stewart, Patton Oswalt, and David Cross.  Maybe not so much a dinner party, but that seems like a fun group to hang out with and I think we could all use some laughter right now. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
There's a reason it's one of the most-performed operas!  It's got some of Mozart's best music and since it's a fantasy, every production is fresh and unique and can appeal to a wide audience. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  Would you like the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series this year?
A:  Sounds good, thanks! 


Don't miss the chance to see Andrew in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ten Questions with Alan Dunbar

Ten Questions with 
Alan Dunbar, baritone
Papageno in The Magic Flute





1.  Where were you born / raised? 
Born in the mountains of Jefferson, North Carolina; grew up by the ocean in Beaufort, South Carolina

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
A woodworker of some kind, most likely a luthier. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
Candide as Pangloss/Voltaire in a student production at St. Olaf College. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
I can't pick just one - Wozzeck, Eugene Onegin, Dead Man Walking, A View from the Bridge, Bluebeard's Castle, and Le Nozze di Figaro. 

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Pre-show:  Anything that doesn't make me feel too full - fruit, sushi, or other light-fare.
Post-show:  Anything substantial and delicious. (Plus a good beer!)

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I'm also trained as a violin maker. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
Violin, mainly chamber music (I don't play much anymore, but I wish I did).  

8.  I like to binge-watch...
Shows that don't go on for endless seasons like The Night Manager or The Honorable Woman; and, contrary to the first part of the answer, Game of Thrones, which does seem to go on forever. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Antonio Stradivari, Terunobu Fujimori (Japanese architect), Georgia O'Keefe, and Nick Offerman. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
The music really is magical.  It's one of the few pieces that makes me wish I was a tenor or a soprano just so I could sing Dies Bildnis and Ach, ich fühl's. 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  Why can't you ever come up with good answers to this last question?
A:  I have no idea. 


Don't miss the chance to see Alan in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Ten Questions with Caitlin Cisler

Ten Questions with 
Caitlin Cisler, soprano
The Queen of the Night
in The Magic Flute




1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born and raised in Appleton, WI.

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I would be a personal chef. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
The Magic Flute. I sang the role of Pamina.  This will be my sixth production of The Magic Flute, but my first time as the Queen of the Night. 

4.  My favorite opera is...
Der Rosenkavalier. The music is so lush. 

5.  My favorite post-show meal is...
 FOOD! Anything will do. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
Even though I live in Montana, I saw my first wild black bear in New Jersey, dumpster diving. 

7.  My favorite musical instrument to play is ...
The piano. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
TV from when I was a kid, like Friends, X-files, Frasier, Seinfeld, etc. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
I would invite my four grandparents to dinner, at age 30.  I would love to hear their opinions and outlooks from that period of their lives.  I would also love to see if they would have been friends before my parents met. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
I love The Magic Flute because it's never the same show twice.  The story line opens the show up to so many possible interpretations.  This means that if you've seen The Magic Flute, you should come to Madison Opera's production because it will not be the same show you saw before.  If this is your first time seeing The Magic Flute, you should come for the music.  It has such beautiful music in every moment. 



Don't miss the chance to see Caitlin in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ten Questions with Nathan Stark

Ten Questions with 
Nathan Stark, bass
Sarastro in The Magic Flute



1.  Where were you born / raised? 
I was born on Travis Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, CA, but I was raised in Hughson, CA - a small farming community in the California central valley. 

2.  If you weren't a singer, what profession would you be in?
I'd go into education. Being a teacher is a noble profession. 

3.  The first opera I was ever in was...
My first opera role was Mr. Cox in the one-act comedy Cox and Box by Arthur Sullivan.  There's a hilarious tenor aria in the show titled, "Hush-a-bye, bacon." 

4.  My favorite opera is...
I don't have a single favorite, but at the top of my list are Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, and L'Italiana in Algeri.

5.  My favorite pre-show / post-show meal is...
Before a show I usually eat something pretty light and healthy - like a salad, fruits, steamed veggies, or non-cream-based soups.  After a show, I'm looking for the nearest Taco Bell. 

6.  People would be surprised to know that...
I have webbed toes. 

7.  The musical instrument that I wish I could play is ... 
 The cello.  I love the timbre of that instrument. 

8.  I like to binge-watch...
House of Cards and Game of Thrones. 

9.  What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
Jesus Christ, George Frideric Handel, Dolly Parton, and Ellen DeGeneres. 

10.  Everyone should see The Magic Flute because....
Aside from having a stellar cast and crew, it's a great "first-time opera" for those who have never seen one before (so bring a friend)!  It's also great for those opera buffs who are seeing it again for the 80th time.  Musically and dramatically, it's a fun journey for everybody! 

Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q:  Aside from Madison Opera, what do you like about Madison?
A:  The beer cheese soup and fried cheese curds. 


Don't miss the chance to see Nathan in The Magic Flute, Mozart's sublime opera that is part fairy-tale, part adventure story, and all enchantment.  Performances are April 21 and 23 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18; visit madisonopera.org for more information.