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Madame Butterfly

Benjamin Kitchen
7:30 p.m., Saturday July 26 | $25-$185.

A naïve young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, falls for a handsome U.S. naval officer, who loves her and leaves, promising to return. So, for three years, she waits. Then, one fine day, he does return. For a moment, Cio-Cio-San is triumphant, blind to the heartbreak that awaits her.

We’re thrilled to present lovely Italian soprano Maria Luigia Borsi in the title role. Following her Music Hall debut (Otello, 2010), the Cincinnati Enquirer hailed her “affecting performance and breathtaking vocal prowess,” declaring that “the opera world has a new star.” Shawn Mathey, a regular at Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera, brings his “honeyed tenor” (Chicago Classical Review) to the role of the rakish American officer, Pinkerton. Spanish conductor Ramón Tebar leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra through Puccini’s stirring score.

Where: Music Hall
Phone: 513-744-3344
Address: 1241 Elm St.
Website: cincinnatiopera.org

Music Hall

1241 Elm St.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati's premiere classical music performance hall. Home to Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where celebrities galore regularly pop into town to perform everything from Broadway showtunes to modern ear worms. Led by a rotation of well-respected conductors (www.cincinnatipops.org). Also home to Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which has received recognition via international tours (www.cincinnatisymphony.org), Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, which features area students in grades 9-12 (cincinnatisymphony.org/Content.php?id=23), Cincinnati BoyChoir, which tours the world and performs concerts through the holiday season (www.cincyboychoir.org), Cincinnati May Festival, the oldest choral festival in the Western Hemisphere (German immigrants started it here in 1872)which presents two weeks of glorious singing each May (www.mayfestival.com) and Cincinnati Opera, the nation’s second-oldest opera company which stages four productions every summer with national and international opera stars (www.cincinnatiopera.com).
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