Madison Opera presents Fellow Travelers
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Fellow Travelers

Madison Opera

Fri, Feb 7 - Sun, Feb 9

Capitol Theater: $26 - $118
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Fri 02/07/20 8:00 PM


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Sun 02/09/20 2:30 PM


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Running Time:

2 hours 25 minutes, including 1 intermission


Ages 12 and up

Sung in English with projected text.

Single tickets for this performance go on sale to the public in SEPT. If you’d like to subscribe to the Madison Opera’s 2019–2020 season, please visit or call (608) 238-8085.


Washington, D.C., 1950s. As the “Lavender Scare” envelops the U.S. government, Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and ardent supporter of Joseph McCarthy, meets Hawkins Fuller, a State Department official. The two men embark on a relationship, tangled in a web of fear and necessary deceit. Their friends and colleagues fill out a story of individuals grappling with their beliefs and emotions, against a deeply political background.

Based on Thomas Mallon’s novel, this acclaimed 2016 opera was praised as “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama” by the New York Times and tells of the very human consequences of prejudice and fear, with compassion, nuance, and incredible beauty.