Giacomo Puccini obtained his first concept for a Japanese-themed opera in 1900, at a London efficiency of a brand new play by David Belasco. The play, based mostly on a brief story by John Luther Lengthy, was “Madama Butterfly.” Enchanted by its Japanese setting, the composer and his librettist, Luigi Illica, went to work on a brand new opera.

After a number of revisions — and contributions by co-librettist Giuseppe Giacosa — Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” premiered at La Scala in 1904. It was a powerful failure, however Puccini continued to revise the rating. Persistence paid off; at the moment, “Butterfly” is among the most beloved, and most frequently produced, Italian operas ever written.

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To shut its 35th season, Opera San Jose is opening a brand new manufacturing of “Madama Butterfly” this weekend on the California Theatre. Joseph Marcheso conducts six performances of Puccini’s opera, with a forged that includes soprano Maria Natale within the title position of Cio-Cio San. Tenors Dane Suarez and Derek Taylor alternate within the position of Pinkerton, Trevor Neal is Sharpless, and Renée Rapier is Suzuki.

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The forged additionally consists of Mason Gates, Ben Brady, Philip Skinner, Katherine Sanford and Karl Kaminsky. The stage director is Brad Dalton, who helmed final season’s productions of “Cinderella” and “The Flying Dutchman.”

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Particulars: April 13-28, California Theatre, San Jose; $55-$185 common, $10 college students 25 and youthful with ID. 408-437-4450;


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