Opera Talks, Previews, and More

Charlie Parker's Yardbird performances may have passed, but our multi-month celebration of Parker continues with the following events. 

The Life and Music of Charlie Parker
Oregon Public Library | Friday, March 10 | 6:30-7:30pm
Admission: Free

UW-Madison saxophone professor Les Thimmig will talk about Charlie Parker's life and music, as well as the history of bebop. 

An Evening of Rare Jazz Films 
Goodman South Library | Tuesday, April 11 | 6-7:30pm
Admission:  Free

Jazz archivist Gary Alderman will present and explain films of the historically significant innovators of modern jazz, including the only two known existing videos with sound of Charlie Parker.

The Magic Flute is coming up in April, so join us for these previews and events:

The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) by Ingmar Bergman
Cinematheque, 4070 Vilas Hall | Saturday, March 25 at 7pm
Admission: Free

Don't miss Ingmar Bergman's celebrated 1975 film of Mozart's classic opera. 

A Preview of The Magic Flute
Capitol Lakes Retirement Community | Friday, April 7 at 7pm
Admission:  Free

Join a Madison Opera staff member for an entertaining multimedia preview of The Magic Flute, featuring a performance by Studio Artist James Held.

Pre-Opera Talks
Join General Director Kathryn Smith one hour prior to all Madison Opera performances for an entertaining and informative talk about the opera and its composer. Insightful for newcomers and longtime opera-goers alike, this half-hour talk will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the opera, right before the curtain goes up.

Pre-opera talks are held in the Wisconsin Studio on the 3rd floor of the Overture Center for the Arts.

Post-Opera Q&A
You've seen the opera and loved it.  But are you perhaps wondering about...?  Join General Director Kathryn Smith in the Wisconsin Studio immediately after the performance to ask questions about what you've just seen.  

Romeo & Juliet
Nov. 4 & 6, 2016

Charlie Parker's 
Feb. 10 & 12, 2017

The Magic Flute
April 21 & 23, 2017

Opera in the Park 2017
July 22, 2017