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2022-2023 56th Season

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly -February 1, 2023 at 7:30pm

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A full scale traditional Italian production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Performed in the original Italian with English supertitles. With a full orchestra and featuring beautiful sets, costumes and lighting designs by Giorgio Lalov.

The American naval captain B. F. Pinkerton, is exploring the world in the name of pleasure. “Life is not worth living if I can’t win the best and fairest of each country,” he declares. He sets his sights on the best and fairest of this land: the stunning Japanese beauty Cio-Cio-San. Pinkerton is fascinated by her exotic beauty and marries her on sight, while Cio-Cio San, enthralled by his American ways and promise of a modern life in America, falls wholeheartedly in love with the stranger. But Pinkerton already has a foot out the door, looking forward to the day he will marry “a real wife, a wife from America.” Several years pass, and Cio-Cio-San waits faithfully for her husband’s return from distant shores. Long abandoned by her family, she is alone with her servant Suzuki and a living memento of her American love. She refuses all offers of marriage, singing of her great hope for the day Pinkerton will return. The faithful Suzuki tries in vain to convince her to abandon hope. But when his ship comes in, Pinkerton is not alone. As dawn breaks, what will become of Butterfly’s great hope?

Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Times-Union Center)
300 Water Street
Jacksonville FL 32202

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