A tale of all-consuming love and ultimate betrayal, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has been one of the most beloved operas in the world since its debut in 1904. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing Japan at the turn of the twentieth century, Puccini’s soaring, poignant masterpiece has permeated our culture, inspiring and appearing in countless other works on stage, on television, in music, and in film. The nationally recognized cast features soprano Eleni Calenos as Cio-Cio San (Palm Beach Opera, Shreveport Opera); Eve Gigliotti (Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera) as her loyal servant Suzuki; Jason Slayden (Gotham Chamber Opera, Arizona Opera) as the dashing but insincere Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton; Hyung Yun (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera) as Sharpless, a kind American diplomat who befriends Cio-Cio San; and Joe Shadday (Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theatre) as the scheming Goro. This unforgettable production – featuring four artists who have worked at the Metropolitan Opera – will move and enthrall you, even after the final, tragic notes have been sung.
& Carol Cooper in memory of Philip Cooper