Madama Butterfly

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Friday, April 11 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 13 at 2:00pm, 2014
at the Pantages Theater

Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera is a bittersweet story of innocence, love and betrayal. Pinkerton, an American naval officer stationed in Japan, marries an idealistic young Japanese geisha named Cio-cio San, also known as “Butterfly.” For Pinkerton, it is a marriage of convenience and he has no intention of staying with her. Shortly after the marriage ceremony, he leaves for America, vowing to return. Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, but finds that his vows only bring heartbreak.

The Cast

Cio-cio San Naomi Ruiz*
Suzuki Sarah Larsen*
B.F. Pinkerton Jon Farmer
Sharpless Barry Johnson
Goro Karl Reyes
Prince Yamadori Woong Kim
The Bonze Deac Guidi
Yakuside Woong Kim
Imperial Commissioner Brandon Higa†
Registrar Steve Hall
Kate Pinkerton Larissa Humphrey
Conductor Denes Van Parys
Stage Director Igor Vieira*
Chorus Master Bernard Kwiram
Rehearsal Pianist Svitlana Smaga

* Tacoma Opera Debut
2013/14 Tacoma Opera Young Artist

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