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Single tickets for Madison Opera’s great season are now on sale

September 17, 2009
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Single tickets to Madison Opera’s 2009-10 season productions went on sale Monday.

Contact the Overture Center Box Office. The Box Office can be reached online at, by phone at (608) 258-4141, and in person at 201 State Street in downtown Madison.

To view a three-minute guided preview of the new season with General Director Allan Naplan (below),

visit Naplan

The Opera’s 2009/2010 season opens with Georges Bizet’s ever-popular Carmen on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Overture Hall. International opera star Katharine Goeldner sings the title role, with Madison-native Candace Evans directing and Maestro John DeMain conducting the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Madison Opera Chorus. This production also features the Madison Youth Choirs and the Tania Tandias Flamenco and Spanish Dance Company.

Following Carmen, the Opera presents a new production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw from Jan. 28 to 31 in The Playhouse at Overture Center for what is sure to be a haunting and intimate theatrical experience.

Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” — the company’s first Wagner production ever — rounds out the mainstage season in Overture Hall on Apr. 9 (8 p.m.) and 11 (2:30 p.m.) in Overture Hall.

It’s worth noting that music director John DeMain (below), who is entering his 16th season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and who is a world-class opera conductor with guest stints around the country and world, will be at the podium for all three productions. That might attract even more people to the productions since some go more for the theater and others go more for the music. DeMainOpera

Tickets to Overture Hall performances remain as low as $16 and pricing for front-balcony seating has been reduced for the 2009/2010 Season.

Tickets for Carmen and The Flying Dutchman are available for $16, $38, $49, $68, $77, $97, and $112. Students have the added option of purchasing $38 level seats for $20.

Tickets for The Turn of the Screw in The Playhouse are available for $20 and $50.

Cast listings and opera summaries are online at To receive press images, please respond to this e-mail. All Madison Opera fans are invited to join the Madison Opera Facebook page at

To The Ear, it seems like an extremely well-planned season with something French-Spanish, something British-American and something German-Dutch. So my guess is that the Madison Opera will continue to do well, despite a weak economy and a lot of local competition in the performing arts.

I am hardly an opera fanatic but I can’t think of a disappointing production I’ve seen at the Madison Opera, and I am especially impressed with the way the Madison Opera is using new media — the Internet, texting and social networking sites — to reach new audiences and get out the word.

I say, Congratulations and Good Luck.

What do you say about the Madison Opera and to the Madison Opera?

The Ear wants to hear.

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