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Madama Butterfly

One of the world's most beloved operas, "Madama Butterfly," Puccini's tragic tale of love and heartbreak returns to the Union Avenue Opera stage.

In the harbor village of Nagasaki at the turn of the 20th century, love blossoms between Cio-Cio-San [Butterfly] a young Japanese geisha, and Lieutenant Pinkerton, an American naval officer. Their marital expectations clash in Madama Butterfly as passion and honor reverberate with the explosive force of Puccini's powerful score, featuring Butterfly's famous aria "Un bel di" and the exquisite "Flower Duet." A mother, alone and banished from her people, Butterfly pines for her husband. He returns only to humiliate and betray her beyond what she can endure.

Leading the cast as Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) and Lt. Pinkerton are Ann Hoyt Wazelle (Valencienne, "Die lustige Witwe") and Mathew Edwardsen (Gherman, "Pikovaya Dama"). Other familiar faces include Robert Garner (Count Almaviva, "Le Nozze di Figaro") as Sharpless; Debra Hillabrand (Mrs. Patrick De Rocher, "Dead Man Walking") as Suzuki; Marc Schapman (Loge, "Das Rheingold") as Goro; and David Dillard (Polyphemus, "Acis and Galatea") as Bonze.

July 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm

"Madama Butterfly" is presented by Raymond James & Associates, Inc. member New York Stock Exchange / SIPC.

Friday Night Lecture Series: July 12 & 19

Join us for our Friday Night Lecture Series at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall presented by Glen Bauer, Ph. D., Associate Chair, Department of Music at Webster University. Lectures are free and open to the public.

"Madama Butterfly" will be presented in Italian with projected English supertitles.

For more information, visit, or call 314.361.2881.

Friday, July 12, 2013
8:00 PM
11:00 PM

Ticket prices range from $30 to $52


Union Avenue Opera
733 Union Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63108-1037

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Emily DePauw
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