SAN JOSE, CA — Opera San José’s 35th season concludes with Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the California Theatre, which runs from April 13-28. One of Puccini’s many masterpieces, Madama Butterfly is as beautiful and vital today as it was at its premiere in 1904. [Click here for event information]
Stage Director Brad Dalton (who directed last season’s Cinderella by Alma Deutscher and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman) returns to Opera San José for this production. Mr. Dalton’s productions have been produced widely throughout the United States and abroad in opera houses such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, the Barbican in London (with the LSO), the State Opera of South Australia, Carnegie Hall, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, San Jose Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, New Orleans Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera and Opera Boston.
In 2003, Mr. Dalton was awarded the prestigious Helpmann Award for “Best Direction of an Opera in Australia” for his direction of the Australian premiere of Dead Man Walking. Mr. Dalton has received critical acclaim for his “ravishingly theatrical” production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Renee Fleming, which has been seen in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Madama Butterfly will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The runtime is approximately three hours, and Opera San José will present six performances of this opera.
General Director Larry Hancock will present a free 45-minute talk to ticket holders about the opera at the California Theatre before each performance. The talk begins at 6:30pm prior to evening performances and at 1:30pm prior to Sunday matinees.
Opera San José, performing at the beautiful California Theatre in downtown San Jose, is a professional, regional opera company that is unique in the United States. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing the finest young professional singers in the nation. In addition to mainstage performances, Opera San José maintains extensive educational programs in schools and in the community at large, and it offers preview lectures and Introduction to Opera talks for all mainstage productions.