Go behind the scenes with us as we discover the COC's classic production of one of the world's best loved operas, Madama Butterfly. This Inside Opera instalment features rehearsal footage and interviews with sopranos Kelly Kaduce and Patricia Racette, conductor Patrick Lange, and director Brian Macdonald.
Madama Butterfly plays for 12 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from October 10 to 31.
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By Nikita Gourski
1. IT’S A CLASSIC OPERA
Madama Butterfly is the story of Cio-Cio San, a young Japanese geisha who seeks to fulfil her dreams through marriage to an American naval officer. Her faith in their future is shattered by his empty vows, and the loss she endures makes the opera’s tragic ending even more devastating. Butterfly is one of the most popular, most performed operas in the world.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001