The 82nd Season of great opera from the Florentine begins with Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a tale of romance and betrayal.
Acclaimed soprano Alyson Cambridge (Mimi in La Bohème 2014) returns as Cio-Cio-San, tenor Eric Barry makes his Florentine debut in the role of Pinkerton, and Julia Mintzer makes her Florentine debut singing the role of Suzuki. A cast of acclaimed singing actors including Mark Walters (La Traviata 2013), Matthew Morgan (Eddie Fislinger in Elmer Gantry 2015) and Jeffrey Beruan (Rev. Baines in Elmer Gantry 2015) join the Florentine Opera Chorus on stage–directed by William Florescu, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with Francesco Lecce-Chong making his Florentine conducting debut.
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Click here to listen to the Thursday October 15 WUWM’s Lake Effect with Bonnie North with the stars of Madama Butterfly.
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Click here to watch the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra play at the Madama Butterfly sitzprobe.
Click here to listen to the interview of Alyson Cambridge & Eric Barry on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio with Bonnie North.
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Click here to watch the interview of Alyson Cambridge & Eric Barry in Today’s WTMJ4 Morning Blend.
Click here to listen to the archive from Monday’s WPR Midday with Norman Gilliland and The Florentine Opera’s Bill Florescu, featuring music from Madama Butterfly.
Click here to listen to the archive from WUWM’s Lake Effect with Bonnie North and Bill Florescu (September 2015).
Join us for the Talk Opera event in the Anello Atrium one hour prior to the performance:
Corliss Phillabaum, Professor of Theater at UW Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, talks about Madama Butterfly in-depth one hour before curtain prior to each mainstage performance for all ticket holders. Professor Phillabaum keeps Florentine audiences returning for his unique perspective at each opera’s lecture.
Talk Opera is FREE with each ticket purchase.
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Season Opening Night Sponsors:
Mary Ann and Charles LaBahn
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2 hours, 40 minutes – including one 20 minute intermission
Click here for Giacomo Puccini’s Bio
Click here for a synopsis of Madama Butterfly