Madama Butterfly at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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The last date listed for Madama Butterfly was Sunday February 19, 2006 / 2:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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The unbelievably talented musicians were workin' overtime to make the Ikea sets at palateable as possible. The conductors pace seemed slow....too slow. I thought that kid was never going to stop walking around his house. If I had known that it was such a minimalist production, I would've come dressed in a bedsheet, and saved the cash I spent on my new dress.....buy the cheapest seat possible....it's not like you're going to miss any details sitting farther back!!
Quotes & Highlights
“Patricia Racette delivered a stunning star performance in… Madama Butterfly… a riveting portrait of Puccini’s heroine…” —Opera News
When LA Opera first unveiled Robert Wilson’s striking production of Madama Butterfly, the stunning performances thrilled audiences and became the most talked about artistic event in town – for a memorable theatrical experience. Puccini’s captivating and tragic masterpiece of love and betrayal finds new life and new meaning in broad, bold strokes.
The powerful and dramatic soprano Patricia Racette, in her company debut, brings her unique vocal color to Cio-Cio-San – the trusting, young Japanese bride who commits herself to a man unworthy of her loyalty. Tenor Marcus Haddock is the American officer who recklessly breaks the heart of his young Japanese bride. Baritone Vladimir Chernov is the sympathetic consul whose early warnings of caution remain fatefully unheeded.
The work of Robert Wilson, which was first seen at LA Opera with the American premiere of this current production of Madama Butterfly, is being celebrated with three major productions at the Music Center of Los Angeles this season. Last month, his Parsifal opened at LA Opera and next spring the Center Theatre Group will present Mr. Wilson’s production of The Black Rider at the Ahmanson. Robert Wilson’s opera Einstein on the Beach (1976), written with composer Philip Glass, altered conventional perceptions of opera as an art form. In previous seasons his productions include the epic the CIVIL warS, performed on three continents from 1983-1985, Salome at La Scala, The Magic Flute and Madama Butterfly in Paris and Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera. For Zurich Opera, he staged Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which he stages this season in Paris. Recent and upcoming theater work includes Les Fables at the Comédie Française, I La Galigo at the Singapore Festival, The Magic Flute and Pelléas et Mélisande in Paris and The Black Rider in London and LA. For more information, visit www.robertwilson.com.
Giacomo Puccini first came into contact with the story of Madama Butterfly at a performance of David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly in 1900. He immediately recognized the musical possibilities of the plot and of the juxtaposition of American and Japanese culture. Puccini’s opera premiered at La Scala in Milan on February 17, 1904. LA Opera presented the North American premiere of this current production on February 12, 2004 – five days prior to the 100th Anniversary of the world premiere of Madama Butterfly.