Puccini's Madama Butterfly

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A scene from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly."

Saturday at 1pm: Anthony Minghella's production of Madama Butterfly returns to the Met with the rising South African soprano Amanda Echalaz making her company debut in the title role. 

Mingella's production debuted with English National Opera in 2005, and traveled to the Metropolitan Opera the following year. It's since become a company staple, known for its visual richness (with bold colors and a use of puppets), but a strong cast is also essential.

This week's lineup includes Brian Hymel as the American naval lieutenant Pinkerton and Echalaz in the role of the former Japanese geisha.  American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong is Cio-Cio San's servant Suzuki. French maestro Philippe Auguin, who serves as music director of Washington National Opera, conducts. 

Cast:

Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Cio-Cio-San: Amanda Echalaz
Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong
Pinkerton: Bryan Hymel
Sharpless: Scott Hendricks