I recently attended the Fresco Opera Theatre’s production of “The Real Divas of Dane County.” Fresco is a Madison-based company that focuses on bringing opera to general audiences, particularly individuals who have never attended an opera.

I previously reviewed Fresco’s production of “The Good, the Bad and the Divas,” so when director Melanie Cain told me about the company’s latest show, I knew that a ballad opera about reality television was going to be interesting. Opera has been fertile ground for melodrama throughout the genre’s history, so a modernized, televised rendition would be entertaining to say the least. I thought this was a great opportunity to convey these elements through video interviews.

So with my video co-creator Anjali Thakrar, we drove to Fresco’s rehearsal space at Madison’s Preschool of the Arts and met with cast members Kassy Coleman and George Abbott. Here is the end result:



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