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Madame Butterfly

Friday January 23, 2015 - Sunday February 8, 2015

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  

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Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly

Sung in Italian with projected English translation

January 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM | January 25, 2015 - 2:00 PM | January 28, 2015 7:30 PM
January 31, 2015 - 7:30 | February 6, 2015 - 7:30 PM | February 8, 2015 - 2:00 PM
 

When Puccini heard the story of a young Japanese girl who sacrifices everything for a faithless U.S. Navy lieutenant, he knew he had found a winning idea for a new opera and immediately began work on Madame Butterfly. It would become one of the most beloved operas of all time.

Puccini's score, infused with atmospheric Eastern motifs, is mesmerizing. From the passionate Act I love duet, to Butterfly's steadfast declaration of her love, "Un bel di," to the tender, anticipatory beauty of the "Humming Chorus," this is opera for the ages.

Cast
Cio-Cio-San - Ana María Martinez
Pinkerton - Alexey Dolgov
Sharpless - Scott Hendricks
Goro - John Easterlin

Creative Team
Conductor - Giancarlo Guerrero
Production - Michael Grandage
Director - Louisa Muller
Set & Costume Designer - Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer - Neil Austin
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

"Ana Maria Martinez making a memorable role debut with her gloriously sung and powerfully acted Cio-Cio-San." - Houston Chronicle

Alexey Dolgov's "voice has a ringing, heroic tone, with a bold top." - Washington Post

A co-production of Houston Grand Opera, Grand Theatre de Geneve and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Synopsis

ACT I

Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, has arranged with the Nagasaki marriage broker Goro to marry a fifteen-year-old girl, Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San). By Japanese law, the groom is free to dissolve the marriage whenever he wants to, and though Pinkerton is clearly fascinated by his child bride, it is obvious that he doesn't take the marriage seriously. He says as much to Sharpless, the American consul, who warns him that Butterfly is in earnest and tragedy may ensue,  but Pinkerton pays no attention. When the brief ceremony is over, Butterfly's uncle, a Buddhist priest, arrives in a fury, revealing that the girl has renounced her people's ancient faith and taken the white man's god. The family, horrified, deserts Butterfly. She weeps bitterly, but Pinkerton comforts her, and soon all is forgotten as the two express their love.

Intermission

ACT II

Pinkerton has been gone for three years. Everyone-even her faithful maid, Suzuki-tells Butterfly that he has forsaken her, but she steadfastly insists that he will come back, as he promised, "when the robins make their nest." Goro keeps urging her to marry his wealthy client, Prince Yamadori. And even Sharpless suggests that she accept this offer, since he knows that although Pinkerton is in fact coming back, he is bringing an American wife with him. Sharpless tries to prepare Butterfly for this blow, but before he can do so, she reveals that she has had a child by Pinkerton, and the consul leaves without delivering his message. The harbor cannon then announces the arrival of a ship. It is Pinkerton's, the USS Abraham Lincoln. With Suzuki's help, Butterfly decorates the little house with flowers. Then, with Suzuki and the child, Butterfly prepares to await Pinkerton's arrival.

ACT III

Dawn. Butterfly has waited all night. Suzuki persuades her to go and rest, and in her absence from the room, Pinkerton and Sharpless arrive. They break the news to Suzuki and try to enlist her help in persuading Butterfly to give up the child to Kate, Pinkerton's new wife, who has also come but is discreetly waiting outside in the garden. Pinkerton then leaves: the memories of the house and his remorse are too much for him. Kate speaks with Suzuki and then goes out again. Butterfly enters and, horror-stricken, learns the truth. When Kate repeats her request, Butterfly answers that she will give the child to his father if Pinkerton will come back for him in half an hour. Butterfly blindfolds the child and then kills herself. She dies just as Pinkerton runs in, calling her name.  

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Ana Maria Martinez***
Cio-Cio San

Alexey Dolgov
Pinkerton

Scott Hendricks***
Sharpless

Sofia Selowsky*
Suzuki

John Easterlin*
Goro

Reginald Smith Jr.**
The Bonze

D'Ana Lombard*
Kate Pinkerton

Morgan Pearse*
Prince Yamadori

Thomas Richards**
Imperial Commissioner

Creative Team

Giancarlo Guerrero*
Conductor

Michael Grandage
Original Director

Louisa Muller
Director

Christopher Oram
Set and Costume Designer

Neil Austin
Original Lighting Designer

Philip Alfano
Lighting Realizer

Courtney D. Jones
Movement Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Media

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.

 


Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly

Sung in Italian with projected English translation

January 23, 2015 - 7:30 PM | January 25, 2015 - 2:00 PM | January 28, 2015 7:30 PM
January 31, 2015 - 7:30 | February 6, 2015 - 7:30 PM | February 8, 2015 - 2:00 PM
 

When Puccini heard the story of a young Japanese girl who sacrifices everything for a faithless U.S. Navy lieutenant, he knew he had found a winning idea for a new opera and immediately began work on Madame Butterfly. It would become one of the most beloved operas of all time.

Puccini's score, infused with atmospheric Eastern motifs, is mesmerizing. From the passionate Act I love duet, to Butterfly's steadfast declaration of her love, "Un bel di," to the tender, anticipatory beauty of the "Humming Chorus," this is opera for the ages.

Cast
Cio-Cio-San - Ana María Martinez
Pinkerton - Alexey Dolgov
Sharpless - Scott Hendricks
Goro - John Easterlin

Creative Team
Conductor - Giancarlo Guerrero
Production - Michael Grandage
Director - Louisa Muller
Set & Costume Designer - Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer - Neil Austin
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master - Richard Bado

"Ana Maria Martinez making a memorable role debut with her gloriously sung and powerfully acted Cio-Cio-San." - Houston Chronicle

Alexey Dolgov's "voice has a ringing, heroic tone, with a bold top." - Washington Post

A co-production of Houston Grand Opera, Grand Theatre de Geneve and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

ACT I

Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, has arranged with the Nagasaki marriage broker Goro to marry a fifteen-year-old girl, Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San). By Japanese law, the groom is free to dissolve the marriage whenever he wants to, and though Pinkerton is clearly fascinated by his child bride, it is obvious that he doesn't take the marriage seriously. He says as much to Sharpless, the American consul, who warns him that Butterfly is in earnest and tragedy may ensue,  but Pinkerton pays no attention. When the brief ceremony is over, Butterfly's uncle, a Buddhist priest, arrives in a fury, revealing that the girl has renounced her people's ancient faith and taken the white man's god. The family, horrified, deserts Butterfly. She weeps bitterly, but Pinkerton comforts her, and soon all is forgotten as the two express their love.

Intermission

ACT II

Pinkerton has been gone for three years. Everyone-even her faithful maid, Suzuki-tells Butterfly that he has forsaken her, but she steadfastly insists that he will come back, as he promised, "when the robins make their nest." Goro keeps urging her to marry his wealthy client, Prince Yamadori. And even Sharpless suggests that she accept this offer, since he knows that although Pinkerton is in fact coming back, he is bringing an American wife with him. Sharpless tries to prepare Butterfly for this blow, but before he can do so, she reveals that she has had a child by Pinkerton, and the consul leaves without delivering his message. The harbor cannon then announces the arrival of a ship. It is Pinkerton's, the USS Abraham Lincoln. With Suzuki's help, Butterfly decorates the little house with flowers. Then, with Suzuki and the child, Butterfly prepares to await Pinkerton's arrival.

ACT III

Dawn. Butterfly has waited all night. Suzuki persuades her to go and rest, and in her absence from the room, Pinkerton and Sharpless arrive. They break the news to Suzuki and try to enlist her help in persuading Butterfly to give up the child to Kate, Pinkerton's new wife, who has also come but is discreetly waiting outside in the garden. Pinkerton then leaves: the memories of the house and his remorse are too much for him. Kate speaks with Suzuki and then goes out again. Butterfly enters and, horror-stricken, learns the truth. When Kate repeats her request, Butterfly answers that she will give the child to his father if Pinkerton will come back for him in half an hour. Butterfly blindfolds the child and then kills herself. She dies just as Pinkerton runs in, calling her name.  

Cast

Ana Maria Martinez***
Cio-Cio San

Alexey Dolgov
Pinkerton

Scott Hendricks***
Sharpless

Sofia Selowsky*
Suzuki

John Easterlin*
Goro

Reginald Smith Jr.**
The Bonze

D'Ana Lombard*
Kate Pinkerton

Morgan Pearse*
Prince Yamadori

Thomas Richards**
Imperial Commissioner

Creative Team

Giancarlo Guerrero*
Conductor

Michael Grandage
Original Director

Louisa Muller
Director

Christopher Oram
Set and Costume Designer

Neil Austin
Original Lighting Designer

Philip Alfano
Lighting Realizer

Courtney D. Jones
Movement Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

There are not any current media reviews available for this production at this time.


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