MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Puccini
Directed by Henry Ward
Featuring a full evening of wonderful songs and arias from a reduced version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and a second half opera gala of duets, solos and choral compositions.
Friday, July 15 at 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.