Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Washington National Opera
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Famed for their annual Nutcracker, the acclaimed Rockville Civic Ballet's latest production boasts a trio of dances. The Last Duchess is inspired by an intriguing Robert Browning poem, in which a duke shows off a portrait of his wanton wife, insinuating that he's gotten rid of her for good. Also on the program are the works Saturday Night Social, a fun and entertaining romp set to Aaron Copland's Rodeo, and Danse D'Enesco, a folk dance-influenced piece that's described as bright and fast-moving. Learn More
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I have seen Madame Butterfly several times in the past and thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful rendition. (My companion, who had never seen it, loved it.) The staging was very different than other versions I had seen, which tended to elaborate,...continued
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Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacosa
Production from San Francisco Opera
In Italian with English supertitles
The running time for this production is approximately two hours and 33 minutes including one 20-minute intermission.
The world’s most beloved and heart-breaking opera, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a young geisha who catches the eye of a caddish American Naval officer. The innocent Butterfly gives her heart, loses her honor, and surrenders her child. This is a sacrifice she cannot survive.
Two highly acclaimed sopranos share the role of Cio-Cio-San: Ana María Martínez, whose “beautifully sung and finely detailed” performances have made her one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of our time, and Catherine Naglestad, who’s known for her “ravishingly beautiful singing” (Opera News). TenorsAlexey Dolgov and Thiago Arancam share the role of the faithless B.F. Pinkerton, and baritones Michael Chioldi and Hyung Yun (former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist) share the role of Sharpless. WNO General Director Plácido Domingo andPhilippe Auguin conduct this timeless classic, directed by Ron Daniels in his WNO debut, with sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Michael Yeargan.