Puccini's Masterpiece Madama Butterfly from Baltimore Opera Company
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The last date listed for Madama Butterfly was Saturday May 17, 2008 / 8:15pm.
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Giuseppe Puccini considered Madama Butterfly one of his most beloved compositions, along with La Bohème. His love and devotion to the character Butterfly is evident in the magnificent music he created for her, including the ravishing "Un bel dì" and the joyous "Flower Duet."
This production is sung in Italian with English surtitles.
By Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Based on the play of the same name by David Belasco, which was based on a story by John Luther Long
Shu-Ying Li has performed the title role in Madama Butterfly with Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and on tour in Japan.
José Luis Duval (Pinkerton) returns to the Lyric stage (Madama Butterfly/2003 and Carmen/2004) following performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Palm Beach Opera.
Misoon Ghim (Suzuki) made her American stage début with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in 1996 as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, which led to engagements as Suzuki with Central City Opera, Virginia Opera and Madison Opera, and New York City Opera in Mark Lamos's acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly.
Accomplished American baritone John Packard (Sharpless) is renowned for his compelling portrayal of Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking. He has performed Sharpless with New York City Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, with Dallas Opera and as his Italian debut with Venice's prestigious La Fenice.
Noted Australian conductor Stephen Mould makes his Baltimore Opera Company debut. Maestro Mould has led the orchestras of Opera Australia, Theatre de Monnaie in Brussels and the Macau International Music Festival.
About the Ticket Supplier: Baltimore Opera Company
***Baltimore Opera closed in March 2009***
The Baltimore area's first operatic performance took place in 1752 when a touring company presented The Beggar's Opera, followed a few years later by the American premier of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona. During the 19th century traveling opera companies made Baltimore a regular stop on the itinerary, giving the city its first performances of works such as Faust, La Sonnambula, and Norma featuring divas such as Clara Kellogg, Marcella Sembrich and "The Swedish Nightingale" herself, Jenny Lind, who was exuberantly feted from her hotel window on Howard Street.
"Imported" opera thus became a Baltimore staple, until the Martinet School of Opera was founded in 1924, performing at the Maryland Casualty Auditorium on West 40th Street (now the Rotunda Shopping Center). This organization evolved into the Baltimore Civic Opera Company, incorporated in 1950 with the great American diva, Rosa Ponselle, as Artistic Director. It was this organization that became the present Baltimore Opera Company.
From the early performance of The Beggar's Opera, to Rosa Ponselle's Aïda in the Maryland Casualty Auditorium, to the spectacular new American opera Dead Man Walking, opera in Baltimore continues to thrive.