Boheme Opera NJ (“Boheme”), one of the oldest opera companies in New Jersey, brings “Madama Butterfly” to the stage on March 24, 2023, at 8:00 pm and March 26, 2023, at 3:00 pm at Kendall Hall Theater on the campus of The College of New Jersey.
“Madama Butterfly” closes out Boheme’s 34th main stage season in a full-scale, traditional Italian production, with lavish sets and costumes by and under the stage direction of internationally renowned Giorgio Lalov, Artistic Director of Teatro Lirico D’Europa. Boheme Artistic Director Joseph Pucciatti, who will lead the Boheme Opera NJ Orchestra and Chorus, said, “We’ve been thrilling our audiences with the fantastical virtual sets of J. Matthew Root but thought it would be great to return to our traditional staging roots for something as compelling as ‘Madama Butterfly’.”
Mr. Pucciatti continued, “‘Butterfly’ is an emotionally charged, intimate opera essentially set in someone’s home for the entire production. The physical sets help ground the audience as guests in that home—as if you were at an obligated family function with no way to leave and nothing to watch but this tragedy of betrayal as it unfolded before your eyes.”
Bringing Puccini’s masterpiece to life will be an outstanding cast of award-winning operatic performers, who have graced theater stages in the US and globally. Staged in Italian with English supertitles, each performance will be preceded, one hour before curtain, by a talk presented by Boheme Board President Jerrold Kalstein
Visit https://www.bohemeopera.org/madama-butterfly for more information and to purchase tickets. Call the Boheme office at (609) 581-9551 with questions and to learn about sponsorships and group tickets.
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