Directed by Edna Garabedian
Choreographed by Andrew Silvaggio
Conducted by Brian Asher Alhadeff
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini – a Citywide Arts Collaboration Grand Opera production featuring Central Coast Children’s Choir, Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo, Deyo Dances, Opera San Luis Obispo, and Studio @-Ryan’s American Dance at the Christopher Cohan Center.
One of the most famous operas of all time, this October 14 and 15 Japan’s red sun rises in San Luis Obispo with OperaSLO’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s operatic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly! This exotic, lush, romantic, intense, and tragic love story is lavishly set in the early 20th century, to the backdrop of America’s Imperialistic courtship of Japan, during its early transition to colonialism. While on shore leave in Nagasaki harbor, American Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton falls in love and marries the young and impressionable Cio-Cio San (aka Madama Butterfly). Soon thereafter Pinkerton’s ship sails and Butterfly waits patiently for her husband to come home.
Our Citywide Arts Collaboration continues in this expansive new grand opera production featuring soaring arias, new original period sets and costumes, ballet, an internationally acclaimed cast of opera singers, and the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and Grand Chorus conducted by Artistic Director Brian Asher Alhadeff. Our Citywide Arts Collaborators include Central Coast Children’s Choir, Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, Deyo Dances, San Luis Obispo High School Choruses, and Studio @-Ryan’s American Dance.
Read the synopsis here. Pre-opera lecture by John Frey in Philips Hall one hour before curtain.