Madama Butterfly

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Glyndebourne Festival 2018 Announces Cinema & Live Stream Schedule
The Glyndebourne Festival has announced that several productions will be screened during this summer’s festival. The performances will be showcased in cinemas across the UK or online for international audiences; the live streams online will be straight from the festival’s website. This year the operas on offer to a wider range of audiences will be “Madama Butterfly,” “Vanessa,” and “Saul.” The Puccini masterwork will get screenings between June 21 and…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Madama Butterfly: Ermonela Jaho Triumphs In Tragic Portrayal Of Puccini’s Heroine
Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" has been a staple of the repertoire for years and at the Metropolitan Opera, it has had somewhat of a renaissance ever since Anthony Minghella's inventive production came opened in 2006. The opera is really a showcase for a great soprano who can bring forth intense emotions and who can captivate an audience with the lead character's suffering. For this second revival of the season, the Met brought one of…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’
Making its premiere on February 17, 1904, “Madama Butterfly” is one of the most prominent works not only to come from composer Giacomo Puccini, but in the operatic canon as well. Despite this, its initial premiere at Milan’s Teatro all Scala was received unfavorably by critics and audiences. This is attributed to lack of time to rehearse the work, given that Puccini completed its composition not long before it was…
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The 14 Greatest Love Duets In Opera
It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to cherish a significant other. Last year we took a cynical look at the holiday, but not this year. Opera is rife with love, almost every single plot in every single work has some communion of two persons in that blissful word. In fact, love in opera has incited just as many battles and tension as anything else. But love has also inspired some of…
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Nicole Cabell & Re-imagined ‘Idomeneo’ Adaptation Headline Pittsburgh Opera’s 2018-19 Season
The Pittsburgh Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which, after a season of modern opera, is slated to take a look back at some of the major repertory hits. The season kicks off with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” which will star Dina Kuznetsova in her company debut. Cody Austin will appear as Pinkerton. Performance Dates: Oct. 6-14, 2018 In November, the company will turn to Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with Ashley…
Opera Quiz
Opera Quiz: Which Love Duet Is Perfect For Your Romantic Night?
Opera is rife with sweeping love duets. Some are of passionate bliss while others of a more mature variety. As we celebrate Valentine's Day, we turn to a handful of opera's greatest declarations of love between two lovers from the classical repertoire. Continue to find out which of the selected love duets suits your romantic evening (and don't worry, the other ones that didn't make the cut will likely make…
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Top 5 Most Powerful Moments in All of Puccini’s Operas
Puccini, born on Dec. 22, 1858, has provided the entire world with some of the greatest operas ever conceived by mankind. With his lush melodies that pull on anyone’s heartstrings and his incredible sense of drama, the composer became the Italian heir to Verdi and essentially the end of the formal line of Italian tradition. After Puccini’s death in the early 1920s, opera has never quite been the same. Opera…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Madama Butterfly: Hui He Leads Classic Anthony Minghella Production In Memorable Night
The beauty of Puccini’s "Madama Butterfly" could render any critique almost unseemly. After all, to hear that seamless music, the moments that turn transcendent -- and then to cavil? I’d suggest that even a modest performance, say, even in the dense rainforest (echoing, of course, Werner Herzog’s "Ftizcarraldo") would still, inevitably, move one. The score simply flows, with audience and performers swept along in the touching tragedy. Which brings us to…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Maria José Siri’s Showcases Her Famed ‘Madama Butterfly’
Maria José Siri’s world-renowned interpretation of “Madama Butterfly” will be live-streamed by the Vienna State Opera on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, as part of its season-long series. Siri will be paired with the likes of mezzo Zoryana Kushpler as Suzuki, tenor Murat Karahan as Pinkerton, and baritone Gabriel Bermudez as Sharpless. The stream kicks off at 7 p.m. local time That’s around 4 p.m. EDT and 1 p.m. PST for…
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Q&A: Karine Babajanyan Talks About Puccini Heroines, Vocal Techinque & Her Verdi Wish-List
Karine Babajanyan is well known for her wide-ranging repertoire in the lirico-spinto fach, performing the works of Verdi and Puccini and many of the Verismo composers. She has particularly become well-known for her interpretations of "Madama Butterfly," "Tosca," "Aida," Amelia in "Un Ballo in Maschera" and has travelled to many of the leading theaters including the Berlin Staatsoper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Frankfurt Oper, the Dresden Semperoper, the Zurich Opera, and…