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About Madama Butterfly: Opera - On Broadway

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When an American naval vessel docks in Nagasaki, what ensues is a clash of cultures… and hearts. Puccini transformed this scenario from a David Belasco play into one of opera’s most powerful experiences. Heart-wrenching and beautifully exotic, Madama Butterfly will bring on the tears and send you home humming its unforgettable melodies.
THE PRODUCTION Butterfly remains a visually stunning and dramatically compelling staple of the City Opera repertory. Unique in its interpretation of Puccini’s score, this production depicts the geisha Butterfly in a different light from most other productions; here, her ultimate fate is not merely one of quiet sacrifice, but of defiance.
THE MUSIC From the opening bars, Puccini expertly contrasts Eastern and Western sound worlds to portray what happens when two distant cultures collide. At the center of the drama is the noble geisha Cio-Cio-San, whose progress from child bride to tragic heroine is traced in music of matchless poignancy and surprising strength. Authentic Japanese folk melodies spice the score’s melodic and harmonic palette, yet Butterfly remains a full-throated, heart-on-the-sleeve Italian opera.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles A co-production with Glimmerglass Opera


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