Merging Japanese and English, This Spin on Madame Butterfly Is a Must-See
For its fourth and final production of the season, Opera in the Heights, the opera company that provides a stage for emerging performers and affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area, presents the enduring classic, Madama Butterfly – with a difference. Make plans to see this widely acclaimed opera by Puccini this Sunday, April 28th!
Madama Butterfly tells the iconic story of a U.S. naval officer and a Japanese geisha through Puccini’s achingly beautiful score. But wait: how could either of them possibly have understood a word of what the other was saying? In a co-production with Pacific Opera Project (Los Angeles), OH will dare to tell the story with a new bilingual (Japanese and English) libretto in this unprecedented presentation.
This co-production of OH and the Los Angeles-based Pacific Opera Project actualizes the heart of the opera’s tragic cross-cultural love story by translating its original Italian libretto into the two languages of the protagonists – Japanese and English – and featuring Japanese-American singers in the Japanese roles.
OH Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Eiki Isomura, who conducts all performances, has adapted the libretto for the Japanese-speaking characters, and Pacific Opera Project Artistic Director Josh Shaw, who originated the concept, has written the English. As with all OH productions, supertitles in English will be projected above the stage. The production is directed by Josh Shaw, and the costumes are by Sueko Oshimoto of Kimono SK of Los Angeles.
Grab your tickets now for a new take on the beloved classic, Madama Butterfly! Admission to the opera ranges from $40 to $94. Student and senior discounts are available. For tickets and more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.
Westmount at Summer Cove Apartments, providing the perfect balance of comfortable and convenient apartments in Houston, Texas, is helping spread the word about this special event happening in our community! We believe it’s in your best interest to attend with family and friends!
Sunday, April 28, 2019—2:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
1703 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008