Madison Opera Presents: Charlie Parker's Yardbird

  • 201 State St.
  • Capitol Theater
  • Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 238-8085

New York City, 1955. As his body lies unclaimed in the morgue, saxophone great Charlie Parker returns in spirit to the jazz club Birdland, determined to compose a final masterpiece. Family and friends blend in and out of his memories in an acclaimed new opera that tells of his tortured, brilliant life “with a pulsing, jazz-infused score” (The New York Times).

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird was widely praised following its 2015 premiere. The Wall Street Journal said, “its rhythms snap and swing, its melodies – including real arias – seize the ear, its ensembles crackle with energy.”

Madison Opera will be only the second company to perform this theatrical tour de force that melds jazz and opera – don’t miss it!

  • Times: 8PM Friday, 2:30PM Sunday
  • Admission: $25.00 - $114.00