Puccini’s Madame Butterfly

March 24 and 26, 2023

At the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts

Friday, March 24, 2023

6:15 PM Pre-Opera Party
6:30 PM Nuts and Bolts Lecture
7:30 PM Performance
Join us for a Post-show talkback immediately following the performance.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

1:15 PM Pre-Opera Party
1:30 PM Nuts and Bolts Lecture
2:30 PM Performance
Join us for a Post-show talkback immediately following the performance.

Madame Butterfly

If you think you’ve seen all Madame Butterfly has to offer, think again.

“This production invites challenge … so that one beautiful day the magical stories we tell won’t shield us from the truth, but will empower us to rise up and meet the world before us.
– Aria Umezawa, Stage Director

Composer – GIACOMO PUCCINI
Librettist – LUIGI ILLICA and GIUSEPPE GIACOSA, based on an 1898 short story by JOHN LUTHER LONG.

Director – ARIA UMEZAWA
Conductor – JUDITH YAN, The Jerry W. Zachary and Henry Bernstein Maestro Chair
THE LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Sung in Italian with projected English captions
Running Time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes (one intermission)

CAST:

Madame Butterfly – HIROMI OMURA
Lt. Pinkerton – BRYAN HYMEL
Suzuki – NINA YOSHIDA NELSEN
Sharpless – WESTON HURT
Goro – JULIUS AHN
Prince Yamadori/Commissioner – ANDRÉ CHIANG

The Bonze – HIDENORI INOUE

Hiromi Omura, soprano

MADAME BUTTERFLY

Bryan Hymel, tenor

LT. PINKERTON

Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo-soprano

SUZUKI

Weston Hurt, baritone

SHARPLESS

Julius Ahn, tenor

GORO

André Chiang, baritone

PRINCE YAMADORI and COMMISSIONER

Hidenori Inoue, bass-baritone

THE BONZE

Aria Umezawa

STAGE DIRECTOR

Judith Yan

CONDUCTOR

Carol Rausch

CHORUS MASTER and MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR

Steven C. Kemp

SCENIC DESIGNER

Danielle Domingue Sumi

Costume Director

The fun starts before the opera begins …

Meet us by the fountain in the Norman Treigle Plaza in front of the Mahalia Jackson Theater. The bar opens and the music begins at 6:15 PM on Friday and at 1:15 PM on Sunday.

… and continues after the final bow

Following the performance, join fellow audience members and artists from the production in a discussion reflecting on the performance. Hear from artists and members of the creative team about their own experiences, both preparing this particular opera production and more generally. Post-show talkbacks begin immediately following each performance and will be held in the theater, on the orchestra level, unless otherwise noted.

New Orleans Opera Box Office:

Phone: (504) 529-3000

Email: boxoffice@neworleansopera.org

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 PM

Venue location:

Until we can see it live…