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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week

Operagasmic Production of the Week

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years agothat photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Madama Butterfly!

Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for the callous American naval officer who calls her his “bride.” But what she sees as a lifetime commitment, he treats as just a fleeting pleasure.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly features some of opera’s most famous music, including Cio-Cio-San’s heartbreaking “Un bel di” and the beautiful “Humming Chorus.”

Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage has produced landmark opera and musical-theater productions on both sides of the Atlantic. This Madama Butterfly is “subtle…refreshing…and breathtakingly beautiful.” Houston Chronicle

Madama Butterfly - Amanda Echalaz Cio-Cio-San
Amanda Echalaz*
 Oct. 15–30 

Madama Butterfly - Patricia Racette Cio-Cio-San
Patricia Racette
 Jan. 11–26 

Madama Butterfly - James Valenti Pinkerton
James Valenti*
Oct. 15–30 

Madama Butterfly - Stefano Secco Pinkerton
Stefano Secco* Jan. 11–26 
Madama Butterfly - Mary Anne McCormick Suzuki
MaryAnn McCormick

Madama Butterfly - Christopher Purves Sharpless
Christopher Purves* 
Madama Butterfly - David Cangelosi Goro
David Cangelosi† †
Madama Butterfly - David Govertsen Bonze
David Govertsen† †
Madama Butterfly - Laura Wilde Kate Pinkerton
Laura Wilde
Madama Butterfly - Anthony Clark Evans Yamadori
Anthony Clark Evans
Madama Butterfly - Richard Ollarsaba Commissioner
Richard Ollarsaba
Madama Butterfly - Will Liverman Registrar
Will Liverman
Madama Butterfly - Marco Armiliato Conductor
Marco Armiliato*


Madama Butterfly - Michael Grandage Original Director
Michael Grandage*


Madama Butterfly - Louisa Muller Revival Director
Louisa Muller


Madama Butterfly - Christpher Oram Designer
Christopher Oram*


Original Lighting Designer
Neil Austin* 


Chorus Master
Michael Black


Nicole Tongue*





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