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December 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
by Giacomo Puccini
Opera Screening (192 mins)
Sung in Italian with English Subtitles
An NCPA – The Metropolitan Opera (New York) Presentation
Madama Butterfly is a tragedy about the love between Pinkerton, a United Stated Navy lieutenant living in Japan, and the geisha Cio-Cio San. Cio-Cio-San, who is also known as Madama Butterfly, is in love with Pinkerton and is ready to marry him. Though Pinkerton is infatuated with Madama Butterfy, he has to return to the United States for three years on duty. Butterfly sends word to Pinkerton that she gave birth to their son after he left Japan. She waits for her love to return, only to find out that Pinkerton has since married a woman named Kate with whom he would like to raise his son. Devastated at losing Pinkerton and her son, Madama Butterfly kills herself.
Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi
Production: Anthony Minghella
Set Designer: Michael Levine
Costume Designer: Han Feng
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Choreographer: Carolyn Choa
Cast: Hui He (Cio-Cio San), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), Andrea Carè (Pinkerton), and Paulo Szot (Sharpless)