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 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 Falstaff, The Turn of the Screw, Le nozze di Figaro*, Albert Herring*, The Magic Flute, Transformations (Conrad Susa)*, Don Giovanni, Ariodante, and Béatrice et Benedict.  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, Gary Thor Wedow, and Barbara Bonney.

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



A Kurt Weill Cabaret
David Ronis, Director
Chad Hutchinson, Conductor

Fri Oct 27 @ 7:30pm
Sun Oct 29 @ 3:00pm
Tue Oct 31 @ 7:30pm
General Admission: $25
Seniors: $20
Students: $10


La Bohème
David Ronis, Director
Chad Hutchinson, Conductor

Fri Feb 23 @ 7:30pm
Sat Feb 24 @ 7:30pm
Sun Feb 25 @ 3:00pm
Premium Seats: $38
General Admission: $30
Seniors: $25
Non-UW-Madison Students: $15
UW-Madison Students: $10

See our calendar of events for more information.
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Opera Scenes- Free Concerts
Tuesday, November 14 (No Spring 2018 Scenes)
7:30pm, Music Hall

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!

Write to 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.

Video: Learn about the value of University Opera through the eyes
of our students and alumni, and consider joining the Bishop Fund as a supporter!

Students today, Stars tomorrow: training singers for the future at UW-Madison from Downtown Dailies on Vimeo.

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