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Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Hear the most popular opera in North America, full of Puccini’s sumptuous music interwoven with Japanese motifs. This heartbreaking tale of love, self-delusion, and betrayal takes place in Nagasaki in the early 1890s. A young geisha (Cho-cho-san) deserted by her husband (Pinkerton), a U.S. Naval Officer, chooses to die honorably, rather than suffer in shame after learning of the betrayal. Special moments include: the soaring Act One Love Duet, and the Act 2 sighting of Pinkerton’s ship and joyous Flower Duet where the fragrance of Spring is released as flower petals are strewn everywhere.

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    This gallery contains photos of Madama Butterfly performances by Verismo Opera August 12 - August 26, 2012.  Photos by Marsha Sims. More »

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    Madama Butterfly: Teressa Byrnes, Eileen Meredith, Shelly Marie Welch Suzuki: Kate Bolton Schmuckler, Carol Hoover, Marsha Sims, Ellen Yeung B. F. Pinkerton:  Orlando... More »

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    Pacifica Times Website By Jean Bartlett Pacifica Tribune correspondent Posted:   07/31/2012 05:01:03 PM PDT Updated:   07/31/2012 05:01:03 PM PDT Saturday night at... More »

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    Verismo Opera Presents Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini Tickets & information: (707) 864-5508, or Mira Theatre (707) 552-0400 Pacifica Performances (650) 355-1882, Brown... More »

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Butterfly Press Release Last Updated on 2013-07-10 15:55:43 Verismo Opera Presents Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini Tickets & information: (707) 864-5508, or Mira Theatre (707) 552-0400 Pacifica Performances (650) 355-1882, Brown Paper Tickets 800-838-3006 Ticket Prices $16-20. Stage Director, Frederick Winthrop and Conductor, Michael Shahani Piano and Chamber Orchestra Hear the most popular opera in North America, full of Puccini’s sumptuous music interwoven with Japanese motifs.  This heartbreaking tale of love, self-delusion & betrayal takes place in Nagasaki in the early 1890s.  A young geisha (Cho-cho-san) deserted by her husband (Pinkerton), a U.S. Naval Officer, chooses to die honorably, rather than suffer in shame after learning of the betrayal.  Special moments include:  the soaring Act One Love Duet, and the Act 2 sighting of Pinkerton’s ship and joyous Flower Duet where the fragrance of... More »
Madama Butterfly Gallery Last Updated on 2013-01-08 01:36:25 This gallery contains photos of Madama Butterfly performances by Verismo Opera August 12 - August 26, 2012.  Photos by Marsha Sims. More »
Madama Butterfly Writeup Mercury News Last Updated on 2012-08-13 00:00:00 Pacifica Times Website By Jean Bartlett Pacifica Tribune correspondent Posted:   07/31/2012 05:01:03 PM PDT Updated:   07/31/2012 05:01:03 PM PDT Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., Verismo Opera Company is arriving on the stage of Pacifica Performances to present one of the greatest opera tragedies of all time, "Madama Butterfly." Adapted from the book by John L. Long, (drama by David Belasco, Italian libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacosa, English version by R. H. Elkin), and with music by Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly takes place in late 19th century in a lovely Japanese villa on the outskirts of Nagasaki. It is here that the young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, known as Madama Butterfly, falls in love with U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton. Their meeting, arranged by the local marriage broker, Goro, is a real dream of happiness for Cio-Cio-San, for she immediately falls... More »
Cast List Last Updated on 2012-06-03 00:00:00 Madama Butterfly: Teressa Byrnes, Eileen Meredith, Shelly Marie Welch Suzuki: Kate Bolton Schmuckler, Carol Hoover, Marsha Sims, Ellen Yeung B. F. Pinkerton:  Orlando McCorkle, Frederick Winthrop Sharpless:   John Minagro, Chris Wells Goro:  Rick Bogart, Peter Tedeschi Commissioner:  Mark Nelson Prince Yamadori:  Andrew Ross, Roger Smith The Bonze:  Joe Kinyon, Roger Smith Kate:  Joanne Bogart, Kate Bolton Schmuckler, Ellen Yeung Trouble:  Audrey Campbell, Anaya Smith-Orr, Juliet Weller, Cristin Williams Conductor:  Michael Shahani Repetiteur:  Skye Atman (8/12,17,18,24,25, and 9/11), Galina Umanskaya (8/4,11,19,and 26) Stage Director: Frederick Winthrop  Assistants:  Cristina Arriola and MaryAnne Stanislaus Chorus Manager:  Ellen Yeung Sets and Costumes:  Roger Smith and Frederick Winthrop Publicity: ... More »
Butterfly Performance and Ticket Information Last Updated on 2012-05-23 00:00:00 Pacifica Performances, Mildred Owens Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica 94044  Tickets (650) 355-1882, $17-20 August 4, Saturday, 7:30pm Bay Terrace Theater (with Mira Theatre Guild), 51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94590  Brown Paper Tickets, $16-20 August 10, Friday, 8:00pm  Cancelled due to illness. August 11,  Saturday, 7:30pm August 12, Sunday, 2:00pm August 17, Friday, 8:00pm August 18, Saturday, 7:30pm August 19, Sunday, 2:00pm August 24, Friday, 8:00pm August 25, Saturday, 7:30pm August 26, Sunday, 2:00pm The Sequoias, 1400 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA  94109-6561 September 11, Tuesday, 7:00pm Cast List More »