Puccini's Madama Butterfly

« previous episode | next episode »

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Ukrainian soprano Oksana Dyka stars as the title role in Los Angeles Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly. Puccini's three-act opera tells the story of Cio-Cio-San, "Butterfly," and her estranged American husband, Pinkerton. The audience awaits Pinkerton’s return to Japan alongside Butterfly and their young son. The heartbreaking piece is conducted by Grant Gershon.

American tenor Brandon Jovanovich plays Pinkerton. Milena Kitic, a Serbian mezzo-soprano, also stars as Butterfly’s maid, Suzuki.

CAST:

Cio-Cio-San Oksana Dyka

B.F. Pinkerton Brandon Jovanovich

Suzuki Milena Kitic

Sharpless Eric Owens

Goro Rodell Rosel

Bonze Stefan Szkafarowsky

Prince Yamadori Museop Kim

Kate Pinkerton D’Ana Lombard

Imperial Commissioner Gabriel Vamvulescu

Official Registrar Hunter Phillips

 

CONDUCTOR: Grant Gershon

STAGE DIRECTOR: Ron Daniels

LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gerson

Comments [7]

George. MD from NYC

Oksana Dyka made a wonderful impression as Butterfly,as far as I am concerned. She is a major voice and I am happy to say she will be making her Met debut next winter in PRINCE IGOR. Brava!

Jul. 14 2013 09:03 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Very nice. Enjoyed the opera.

Jul. 13 2013 05:01 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CONCERNED. The singing by the principals was splendid and conveyed the dramaturgy throughout.

Jul. 13 2013 03:40 PM
mozart opera man from Los Angeles

At opera's La Scala premiere the sounds of the chirping birds intentionally came from the balconies.
It was hard to distinguish them from the catcalls of the anti-Puccini clacks likewise making sounds
from the back benches.

Jul. 13 2013 03:08 PM
Concetta nardone from Nassau

Butterfly's entrance is among the most beautiful in opera. She is the most happy woman in Japan, no, the world. And her final suicide still brings a lump in my 77 year old throat. Almost feel sorry for Sharpless. What a thankless role. My father used to say the "most fesso baritone could sing Sharpless." Translates most stupid.

Jul. 13 2013 01:49 PM
Mozart Opera Man from Los Angeles

Once saw Butterfly in Santa Fe NM in old theater a portion in the mid-orchestra was uncovered. It rained and those of us in the back watched the performance through a curtain of desert rain. The best ever Butterfly.

Jul. 13 2013 01:15 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

MADAMA BUTTERLY has many, many familial cousins and relatives of all kinds since its subject matter is so emotional and the title role's suffering is cause for emapthy. Whatever the language it is sung in the opera is daunting in its appeal and although it may appear to be physique-demanding, I have seen the so-written petite Butterfly played convincingly by Brunnhilde -sized singers who acted and sang with glorious voices and thrilled their audiences thereby.

Jul. 13 2013 01:08 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.