"The innocent Butterfly gives her heart, loses her honor, and surrenders her child. This is a sacrifice she cannot survive."
One of the world’s most beloved operas returns in a romantic production from San Francisco Opera. The innocent Butterfly catches the eye of a caddish, young American Naval officer, who makes her his temporary “wife.” When his time in Japan is over, he abandons her. Dishonored, Butterfly is bereft.
Two highly acclaimed sopranos share the role of Cio-Cio-San: Ana María Martínez, whose “beautifully sung and finely detailed” (The Chicago Tribune) performances have made her one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of our time, and Catherine Naglestad, who’s known for her “ravishingly beautiful singing” (Opera News). Tenors Alexey Dolgov and Thiago Arancam share the role of the faithless B.F. Pinkerton, and baritones Michael Chioldi and Hyung Yun (former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist) share the role of Sharpless. WNO General Director Plácido Domingo and Philippe Auguin conduct this timeless classic, directed by Ron Daniels in his WNO debut, with sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Michael Yeargan.
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