University Opera

David Ronis Visiting Assistant Professor of Opera
Mimmi Fulmer Professor of Voice and Opera
James Smith Music Director and Conductor

The Karen K. Bishop Fund for Voice and Opera was established in 2015 to raise funds to support these programs. Please consider joining our campaign! Click to learn more.

Mission Statement

University Opera is a cultural service of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose mission is to provide comprehensive operatic training and performance opportunities for our students and operatic programming to the community. Students sing principal, supporting, and chorus roles in main stage productions, one-act operas, and programs of opera scenes. In addition, we offer training for directors, conductors, and pianists, and, when possible, provide opportunities for student designers, actors, and dancers. Showcases for faculty, alumni, and guest artists are presented when appropriate.

About University Opera

University Opera welcomes students of all levels and degree programs, from doctoral candidates to freshman music education majors, to participate in operatic classes and performances. We present an annual season of two fully staged operas, as well as evenings of opera scenes and one-act operas. Recent productions have included “Don Giovanni”, “Die Fledermaus,” “Falstaff,” “Ariodante,” “Le nozze di Figaro,” and “La bohème.” In addition to main stage presentations, University Opera offers Opera Workshop, a course dedicated to the study of operatic stage skills and repertoire, which culminates each semester in performances of scenes and one-act operas. In addition to our regular season, University Opera has presented special events, including “La Tragédie de Carmen,” “La Serva Padrona,” “The Impresario,” and an evening of opera at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center which featured a one-act version of “Hansel and Gretel.” Students also have the opportunity to perform around the state in outreach programs in schools and arts centers. University Opera often hosts prestigious guest artists in concerts and master classes. Recent guests have included Ben Heppner, Dawn Upshaw, and Barbara Bonney.

Read a review of our Spring 2016 production, Transformations.

Free Tickets Available to Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago Operas and Concerts

The Karlos and Melinda Moser Fund once again is underwriting the cost of tickets for UW-Madison students to professional operas and concerts. First come, first served! Click here for a list of available tickets.

Write to Prof. Moser to request tickets. NOTE: Please wait until two weeks prior to show date before making a request!
Karlos Moser

University Opera productions for 2015-2016

The Marriage of Figaro (W.A. Mozart)
David Ronis, Director
James Smith, Conductor
Music Hall

Fri Oct 23 @ 7:00pm
Sat Oct 24 @ 7:00pm
Sun Oct 25 @ 3:00pm
Tue Oct 27@ 7:00pm
General Admission: $25
Seniors: $20
Students: $10

Transformations (Conrad Susa/Anne Sexton)
David Ronis, Director
Kyle Knox, Conductor
Music Hall

Fri Mar 11 @ 7:30pm
Sun Mar 13 @ 3:00pm
Tue Mar 15 @ 7:30pm
General Admission: $25
Seniors: $20
Students: $10

See our events calendar for more information.

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Opera Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 19 & Tuesday, April 19
7:30 PM, Music Hall

University Opera’s season is made possible by the support of alumni, friends, and community organizations. Due to the significant costs of producing opera, the university can fund only a small fraction of our budget. Generous donors have helped underwrite productions and support students who would not otherwise have been able to attend UW-Madison.

We are deeply grateful for the assistance of the Ann Crow Fund for Voice and Opera and to the Dara Elizabeth Welty Fund for helping make a high-quality season available to our students and audiences. Our goal is an endowed annual operating fund to provide an infrastructure for recruiting, training, and giving performance opportunities to our singers. We welcome your inquiries about becoming part of our family of donors. To find out more, please contact: Rebekah Sherman at the University of Wisconsin Foundation (608) 572-2077, or