University Opera

Mimmi Fulmer, Professor of Voice and Opera
Daniel Fung, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Opera and Vocal Coach
Chad Hutchinson, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Music Director and Conductor
David Ronis, Karen K. Bishop Director of University Opera


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 scenes and one-act operas. Recent productions include Falstaff, The Turn of the Screw, Le nozze di Figaro*, Albert Herring*, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Conrad Susa’s Transformations*, Don Giovanni, Ariodante, and Béatrice et Bénédict. 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, Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), and an evening of opera at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center, which featured a one-act version of Hänsel und Gretel. Students have the opportunity to perform around the state for outreach programs in schools and arts centers. University Opera often hosts prestigious guest artists in concerts and master classes. Recent guests include Ben Heppner, Dawn Upshaw, Brenda Rae, Brenda Harris, Gary Thor Wedow, and Barbara Bonney.

*Award winner in the National Opera Association Opera Production Competition.


Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea)
David Ronis, director
Chad Hutchinson, conductor
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
All performances in Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall
Adults $25, 
seniors $20, students $10

Sondheim’s Into the Woods
David Ronis, director
Chad Hutchinson, conductor
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
All performances in Shannon Hall at the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street
Premium seats $40, adults $32, seniors $25, UW–Madison faculty/staff $25, UW–Madison students $10, other students $15

For more information, please visit our calendar of events.
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Opera Scenes
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Music Hall
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., Music Hall
Free admission

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 attend professional operas and concerts. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

E-mail Prof. Moser to request tickets. NOTE: Please wait until two weeks prior to show date before making a request.

The Karen K. Bishop Fund for Voice and Opera raises funds to support the opera and voice programs.

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 infrastructure for recruiting, training, and 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 at (608) 572-2077 or