University Opera

Mimmi Fulmer Professor of Voice and Opera
Daniel Fung Assistant Adjunct Professor/Opera and Vocal Coach
David Ronis Karen K. Bishop Director of University Opera
James Smith Music Director and Conductor

For academic year, 2016-17, the Mead Witter School of Music is pleased to announce the creation of the Karen K. Bishop Fund for Voice and Opera and its first appointment, David Ronis, Director of University Opera. We are also very happy to welcome Dr. Daniel Fung, Opera and Vocal Coach, to our faculty.

The Karen K. Bishop Fund for Voice and Opera raises funds to support the opera and voice programs. Please consider joining our campaign! Click to learn more.

Mission Statement

University Opera is a cultural service of the Mead Witter 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 scenUniversity 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 Le nozze di Figaro, Albert Herring (Third Prize winner in Category III of the 2015 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition), The Magic Flute, Transformations (Conrad Susa), Don Giovanni,  Ariodante, Béatrice et Benedict, 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. University Opera has also 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 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, Brenda Rae, Brenda Harris, 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! A list of available shows will be posted in Fall 2016.

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 2016-2017

Fall:
Falstaff (Verdi)
David Ronis, Director
James Smith, Conductor
Music Hall

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

Spring:
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
David Ronis, Director
Kyle Knox, Conductor
Music Hall

Fri Mar 3 @ 7:30pm
Sun Mar 5 @ 3:00pm
Tue Mar 7 @ 7:30pm
General Admission: $25
Seniors: $20
Students: $10

See our events calendar for more information.

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Opera Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 22 & Tuesday, April 18
7:30 PM, Music Hall

Free and open to the public

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 Karen K. Bishop Fund for Voice and Opera, 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 Rebekah.Sherman@supportuw.org