Founded in 1961, Madison Opera is committed to presenting professional opera of the highest quality and regularly features world-renowned guest artists in vocally and visually spectacular productions. Considered an important regional company in the United States, the Opera stages three full productions annually in addition to the free community event Opera in the Park and the educational series Opera Up Close. In its history, the Opera has gained special recognition for its breadth of repertoire, which has included the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s The Shining Brow and the co-commission of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair. With its recent expansion and enhanced outreach and education activities, Madison Opera is thriving in its ability to reach and serve members of Greater Madison and the State of Wisconsin. Madison Opera continues to grow artistically while furthering its mission of engaging, inspiring and enriching the community through the presentation of world-class opera.