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Madama Butterfly

  • The Princeton Festival Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ (map)

Puccini's tuneful, heart-wrenching, and perennially popular masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, tells the tale of a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San (the titular Butterfly), who falls for Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, stationed with the U.S. Navy in Japan. She marries him in defiance of her family's disapproval, only to be abandoned when Pinkerton returns to America. Love, longing, betrayal, and sacrifice pulse through some of Puccini's most expressive music, including the haunting Humming Chorus and Butterfly's breathtaking "Un bel dì (One fine day)." Equally appealing to the new and curious as well as the seasoned opera aficionado, Madama Butterfly is sure to grip your heart.

Earlier Event: June 15
Juliana Areias - Bossa Nova Baby
Later Event: June 18
Harry Connick, Jr.