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Madison Opera Announces 2012- 2013 Season

Madison, Wis. – Madison Opera announced the company’s seductive 52nd season, which will feature two company premieres, a popular classic, and the annual summer concert, Opera in the Park. The season features a lush production of Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera); the company’s first Handel opera, the hauntingly beautiful Acis and Galatea; and an electrifying production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The 2012/13 season comes to a close with Opera in the Park 2013, Madison Opera’s annual free concert that draws more than 14,000 people to Garner Park for an evening of beautiful music.
“Planning my first season with Madison Opera was inspiring,” says Kathryn Smith, the company’s General Director. “John DeMain and I knew we wanted to maintain a balance of classic works and Madison Opera premieres, while at the same time exploring the repertoire we both find theatrically and musically engaging. I can honestly say that I’m thrilled with each opera in this season.”

Verdi’s A Masked Ball opens the season in Overture Hall on October 26 and 28, 2012. Set in Sweden in 1792, the opera is a rich theatrical tapestry of illicit love between a King and his best friend’s wife, the ominous vision of a powerful fortune-teller, and the murderous conspirators who manipulate one man’s vengeance for political gain. Tenor William Joyner and baritone Hyung Yun return to Madison Opera in the roles of Gustav III and Anckarström, Gustav’s best friend and betrayer. Soprano Alexandra LoBianco makes her Madison Opera debut as Amelia, the conflicted object of the men’s affections. Kristine McIntyre directs, with John DeMain conducting.

“Every time I’ve told someone that we’re doing Masked Ball, their response has been, ‘I love that opera,’” says Smith. “It’s what I call blood-and-guts Italian opera – vengeance and murder are in the air from the opening chorus, and the music is both passionate and vivid. The piece really moves, musically and dramatically; you feel energized just listening to one of the big ensembles.”

The English pastorale Acis and Galatea will be staged in the intimate Playhouse at Overture Center from January 10 through 13, 2013, marking the company’s first production of a Handel opera. Drawn from Greek myth, this deceptively sweet opera recounts the love between a nymph and a shepherd, and the jealous cyclops who refuses to be rebuked. Soprano Angela Mortellaro and tenor Daniel Shirley make their Madison Opera debuts as the lovers Galatea and Acis, along with bass Jeffrey Beruan in the role of demigod Polyphemus. John DeMain conducts, and stage director David Lefkowich makes his Madison Opera debut with this new production, designed for the intimate dimensions of the Playhouse.

“In the past few years, Madison Opera has showcased contemporary works in our chamber opera slot,” says Smith. “I wanted to shake it up and try the opposite, with our first-ever Baroque opera. Acis and Galatea is a truly charming work, telling its story with some of Handel’s most beautiful vocal music. Our Playhouse operas are remarkable for their intimacy and Acis is a perfect addition to that repertoire.”

Mozart’s classic Don Giovanni closes the mainstage season in Overture Hall on April 26 and 28, 2013. This brilliant opera follows the notorious seducer over the course of one sinful day as his misadventures return to literally haunt him. The ensemble cast features baritone Kelly Markgraf as the lustful Don Giovanni, bass Matt Boehler as his long-suffering servant Leporello, and tenor Wesley Rogers as Don Ottavio. Elizabeth Caballero returns to Madison Opera as Donna Anna, with Caitlin Lynch debuting as Donna Elvira. Elise Sandell directs her first production for Madison Opera; Joseph Mechavich makes his Madison Opera debut as conductor.

“Don Giovanni is without a doubt one of our art form’s greatest works,” says Smith. “Madison Opera has not performed the piece in eleven seasons, so it’s time to revisit it. Our cast of exciting young talent will give the piece the vibrancy and energy that makes it work on every level.”

The season closes with Opera in the Park 2013, on July 13, 2013. (Please note: Opera in the Park 2012 is this upcoming summer on July 21, 2012).
Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season are now available online at and by phone at (608) 238-8085. New subscribers save 15%.

A Masked Ball
Madison Opera premiere
Overture Hall
Friday, October 26, 2012 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 • 2:30 p.m.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi – Libretto by Antonio Somma
Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Gustav III          William Joyner (Galileo Galilei, 2012)
Amelia                Alexandra LoBianco*
Anckarström     Hyung Yun (Eugene Onegin, 2011)
Oscar                  Caitlin Cisler*
Ulrica                 Jeniece Golbourne*
Christiano         Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek (The Tender Land, 2008)
Count Ribbing     Thomas Forde*
Count de Horn     John Arnold (Galileo Galilei, 2012)

Conductor           John DeMain (Artistic Director)
Stage Director    Kristine McIntyre (Così fan tutte, 2009)
Set Designer       R. Keith Brumley
Costume Designer     Malabar, Ltd.
Lighting Designer      Marcus Dilliard (Così fan tutte, 2009)


Acis and Galatea
Madison Opera premiere
The Playhouse at Overture Center
Thursday, January 10, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 13, 2013 • 2:30 p.m.

Music by George Frideric Handel – Libretto by John Gay
Sung in English with projected text

Galatea          Angela Mortellaro*
Acis                Daniel Shirley*
Damon          J. Adam Shelton*
Polyphemus     Jeffrey Beruan*

Conductor         John DeMain (Artistic Director)
Stage Director  David Lefkowich*
Set Designer     Alan C. Edwards *
Lighting Designer     John Frautschy (Eugene Onegin, 2011)


Don Giovanni
Overture Hall
Friday, April 26, 2013 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 • 2:30 p.m.

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Sung in Italian with projected English translations

Don Giovanni          Kelly Markgraf *
Donna Anna            Elizabeth Caballero (La Traviata, 2011)
Donna Elvira           Caitlin Lynch *
Don Ottavio            Wesley Rogers *
Leporello                 Matt Boehler *
Masetto                   John Arnold (Galileo Galilei, 2012)
Commendatore     Nathan Stark *

Conductor              Joseph Mechavich *
Stage Director       Elise Sandell *
Set Designer          Erhard Rom *
Costume Designer      John Pascoe *
Lighting Designer      Ben Zamora *

*Madison Opera debut

Opera in the Park 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013 • 8 p.m.
A Madison Summer Tradition
Garner Park | Free Admission

Please note: All casts subject to change.

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