Come early and enjoy our special Pre-Show Events in The Playhouse at Overture!
During the holiday season, there are lots of fantastic arts events at the Overture Center, and that can make parking and ticketing a challenge for theater patrons. We encourage you to come downtown early and grab a bite to eat or enjoy a pre-show beverage. Avoid the crush and plan a little extra time for parking and picking up will-call tickets.
With a little extra care, you’ll arrive at the theater with time to spare, and ready to enjoy our production of Souvenir: A Fantasia of Florence Foster Jenkins. As an added incentive, we’ve planned pre-show events for several performances, starting onstage in The Playhouse 20 minutes before curtain.
Friday, Dec 7: Voice Recital by Madison Opera Studio Artist Kirsten Larson at 7:10 pm
Saturday, Dec 8: Pre-Show Talk by FST Producing Artistic Director Sarah Marty at 7:10 pm
Sunday, Dec 9: Pre-Show Talk by FST Producing Artistic Director Sarah Marty at 1:40 pm
Friday, Dec 14: Voice Recital by University Opera’s Matt Chastain at 7:10 pm
Saturday, Dec 15: Pre-Show Talk by FST Producing Artistic Director Sarah Marty at 7:10 pm
Sunday, Dec 16: Pre-Show Talk by FST Producing Artistic Director Sarah Marty at 1:40 pm
*Please note: There are no events before the Thursday evening performances.
Kirsten Larson is a lyric mezzo-soprano from Denmark, WI. She is an alumna of UW-Madison’s Mead-Witter School of Music, as well as the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at Louisiana State University. Kirsten is a performer of both opera and musical theatre, with recent roles including: Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus(J. Strauss); Fox, The Cunning Little Vixen(Janáček); Meg Page, Falstaff(Verdi); Cousin Hebe, HMS Pinafore(Gilbert & Sullivan); Ilona Ritter, She Loves Me(Bock & Harnick); Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart). Kirsten is currently a Studio Artist with Madison Opera, where she recently made her company debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. Learn more about Kirsten’s upcoming performances at https://kirstenannelarson.wixsite.com/mezzo.
Matt Chastain (baritone) is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music, studying with Professor James Doing. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with Professor William Hite. Matt was recently seen as Marcello in University Opera’s February 2018 production of Puccini’s La bohème. Other favorite past roles include the Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Silvio (Pagliacci).