Pittsburgh Opera To Open 80th Season With ‘Madama Butterfly’

By Francisco Salazar

Update: The version that will be performed is the “Standard Version.”

The Pittsburgh Opera is set to open its 80th season with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

Per a press release, the company will perform the second of five versions Puccini wrote of the work. The version that will be performed is known as the Brescia version in honor of the Italian city, where it was first performed in 1904.

Dina Kuznetsova stars in the title role, marking the second consecutive year a Russian soprano makes a major debut with the company and Cody Austin will portray Pinkerton. Michael Mayes takes on the role of Sharpless, while Laurel Semerdjian will portray Suzuki. Music Director Antony Walker will conduct the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Linda Brovsky directs the production.

“Madama Butterfly” will run from Oct. 6 until the 14, 2018. The opera will be followed by “Hansel and Gretel,” as well as “Glory Denied” and “Don Pasquale.”