Madama Butterfly at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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Two iconic American rock groups will share the stage at the Fabulous Forum this summer as Cheap Trick joins Boston for their "Heaven on Earth" tour. Known for their killer pop hooks, Boston sold millions during the '70s and '80s with their catchy version of prog rock. Their self-titled debut was one of the fastest-selling pop debuts in history, spawning three hit singles that became American classics: "More Than a Feeling," "Long Time" and "Peace of Mind." At the same time, Cheap Trick was perfecting the delicate balance between power pop and hard rock that made them a major influence on future punk, metal and alternative bands. Songs like "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender" and "Dream Police," along with their dynamic live performances, sealed their reputation as arena rock gods. Now, 40 years into their careers, the two bands are still going strong. The "Heaven on Earth" tour is traveling the country in support of Boston's sixth studio album release, Life, Love & Hope, and this is one of a select few appearances where Cheap Trick will be performing with them. 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.