Former NFL lineman becomes opera's leading man

Today, Ta'u Pupu'a is an operatic tenor with the voice of an angel. But once upon a time, as an NFL lineman, he made opposing players squeal. The hulking singer's story has more plot twists than an Italian libretto.

The unexpected balm of 'La Boheme'

Madison Opera again shows off its best qualities, and the timing could not be better

There are times when world events collide most unexpectedly with a long-planned presentation of a work of art, and it can be difficult to separate the critical ear and eye from the reality-colored lens suddenly thrust upon them.

Wineke: Madison Opera performs Beethoven's only opera

Groups other than Madison Opera have performed Beethoven's "Fidelio," too, but the Madison performance Friday (it repeats Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Overture Center) was really one of the most enjoyable musical events in Madison for quite some time.

Don Giovanni is a treat for all the senses

You have to hand it to Don Juan; the dude was quite a hit with the ladies, and when the Madison Opera took up his cause in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" this weekend, the legendary libertine showed why.

Opera review: 'Don Giovanni' a treat for the senses

Kelly Markgraf, who made his Madison Opera debut Friday, filled the Overture Center stage, not just with his voice but with never-stop action. It wasn't hard to see that the women of the cast might fall in love with him.