Virginia Opera Performs Madame Butterfly this Weekend

Posted: October 23, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Virginia Opera returns to George Mason with its production of Puccini’s heartbreaking masterpiece, Madame Butterfly. Performances are tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The production features the Virginia Opera debuts of stage director James Marvel and soprano Guiping Deng as Butterfly.

This beloved opera transports audiences to 19th century Nagasaki. Tragedy ensues when an American Navy officer takes a 15-year old Japanese girl as his bride and love and deceit collide. When U.S. Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton leases a house in Nagasaki Harbor it is complete with a geisha wife known as Madame Butterfly. Pinkerton takes the 999-year marriage contract lightly–after all, it contains a monthly renewal option. But Butterfly is in it for life.

The opera is based on the drama by David Belasco and will be performed in Italian with English super titles above the stage. The Richmond Symphony Orchestra members will perform the musical score.

Tickets are $78, $64, and $42. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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