|Bookend: Madama Butterfly
American David Belasco’s play inspired the Italian composer Giaccomo Puccini to create an exotic tragedy about the lovely geisha, Cio-cio San, and her “fake marriage” to B. F. Pinkerton, an American Naval officer. Learn how Puccini overcame the disastrous premiere at La Scala, where the opera was received with “grunts, roars, howls, laughter, bellowing and guffaws.” We will see how Puccini used oriental themes in combination with his luxuriant Italian operatic style to tell the story of cross-cultural misunderstandings in Nagasaki and get an insider’s glimpse into the upcoming production at Minnesota Opera. Performances will be from April 14, 2012 through April 22, 2010 at the Ordway in St Paul (group discount 10 or more). For tickets, call the box office: 612-333-6669, or go to mnopera.org.
Mary Dibbern, Head of Music at Minnesota Opera and author of five opera performance guides for Pendragon Press, will teach this class, which includes DVD excerpts from several famous productions of the opera.
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