Date August 4
Time 7:30 pm
Puccini’s soaring, haunting and captivating Madama Butterfly starring the celebrated Korean/American soprano Yunah Lee as Cio Cio San, the tenor Richard Troxell as Pinkerton, Nina Yoshida Nelsen as Suzuki and Louis Otey as Sharpless. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Metropolitan Opera maestro and Festival Music Director Steven White.
Hurricane Irene left town well before this performance of Madame Butterfly. And though the storm did plenty of damage, in many ways it doesn’t compare to what Cio-Cio-San goes through in this Puccini tearjerker. “Poor little Butterfly”, the lyrics go.
The geisha marries an American naval officer named Pinkerton, who gets her pregnant and then heads back to the States for three years. When he returns to Japan, he’s accompanied by his new wife.
Forced to turn her back on her community and later give up her child to Pinkerton, Butterfly is left with only one choice in the tragic final scene.
Bring your wine, picnic and blanket and enjoy this timeless classic under the stars on the beautiful Festival Stage in Phoenicia’s Parish Field.
Conductor: Steven White
Director: Beth Greenberg
Cio Cio San: Yunah Lee
Pinkerton: Richard Troxell
Suzuki: Nina Yoshida Nelsen
Sharpless: Louis Otey
The Bonze: Stephan Kirchgraber
Kate Pinkerton: Brittany Sokolowski
Goro: Jeffrey Halili
Venue: Festival Stage
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