Madama Butterfly


Illustration by Edel Rodriguez 

An unforgettably tragic Puccini classic, well-deserving of its esteemed place in the operatic repertoire.

Madama Butterfly
7:30pm, May 9 & 10, 2014
DeVos Performance Hall
Presented in Italian with English titles
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Conducted by Robert Lyall             Directed by Carroll Freeman

Puccini’s masterful score crafts the tragic tale of a geisha’s steadfast love for an American naval officer. The inspiration for “Miss Saigon” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” Madama Butterfly is the seventh most performed opera in the world. Timeless and romantic, Madama Butterfly’s musical magic has captured the hearts of audiences for over 100 years.

Tickets for adults – $21 – $98
Student “Passport to the Opera” – $5
Group Discount (6 or more) – Password OGR14

For tickets visit the Betty Van Andel Opera Center
1320 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Or call 616.451.2741, ext. 2.

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Tickets available February 12, 2014
through Ticketmaster 800-982-2787 or 616.451.2741 ext. 2

Madama Butterfly Calendar of Events

May 1

Meet the Stars! 2015 Season Announcement
Reception with Maestro Robert Lyall and Cast
5:30 – 7:00PM Reception
7:00 – 10 PM Rehearsal
The Betty Van Andel Opera Center
May 4
Madama Butterfly FOTO Maestro Talk & Reception
4 – 6 PM | Free | Schuler Books and Music
May 7
Operatunity: Madama Butterfly
5:30 PM | St. Cecilia Music Center
7:30 PM | Dress Rehearsal
May 9
Pre-Opera Dinner hosted by Opera Affiliates
5: 30 PM Cocktail, 6 PM Dinner| RSVP Required | University Club
FOTO Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly
6:30 PM | DeVos Performance Hall
Madama Butterfly Performance
7:30 PM | DeVos Performance Hall
V.I.P. Opening Night Reception
Following the performance, by invitation only
May 10
FOTO Opera Preview: Madama Butterfly
6:30 PM | DeVos Performance Hall
Madama Butterfly Performance
7:30 PM | DeVos Performance Hall
FOTO Cast Party: Madama Butterfly
Following the performance | The Betty Van Andel Opera Center



“With her bright, fresh voice, Inna Los was an ethereal Rusalka with a sensual vibrato in all registers. Rusalka”

Opéra national de Lorraine

Cynthia HannaSUZUKI – Cynthia Hanna

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “bright, luminous mezzo-soprano of vast power and potential, “ Cynthia Hanna makes her debut Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka…”

Wolverton_Joseph as Pinkerton - new photoPINKERTON – Joseph Wolverton

“For believability on stage, few are better than tenor Joseph Wolverton as Pinkerton. A familiar face with Opera Grand Rapids, he brings considerable depth to the character of the brash officer. When he realized in the end how badly he’s hurt the young geisha, Cio-Cio San, his anguish was heartfelt.”

The Grand Rapids Press

Hurt_Weston-1 as Sharpless -Gabriel CouretSHARPLESS – Weston Hurt

“Among many BLO debuts, there was much good singing. As Sharpless, the American consul and the opera’s consience, Weston Hurt was equally outstanding, combining restrained acting, beautiful Italian, and a fluid easy baritone. ”

Matthew Guerreri – Boston Globe, Sharpless, Madama Butterfly – Boston Lyric Opera

Candebat as Goro head shotGORO – Casey Candebat

“Casey Candebat, hails from Louisiana, but his is the big, straightforward Italian sound. His voice is fresh and strong and emotive. He bellowed to give the kind of pleasure big Italianate tenors are bred to provide and that audiences will probably never stop loving.”

Los Angeles Times

Robert LyallCONDUCTOR Robert Lyall

Freeman Stage Director headshot LUCIADIRECTOR Carroll Freeman

Duane Davis

Chelsea HelmKATE PINKERTON – Chelsea Helm

Kim_JungWoo head shotYAMADORI – JungWoo Kim

John Scheid

David Harwood

Eric Roeters

Darla WortleyBUTTERFLY’S MOTHER – Darla Wortley

Paula R. Tibbe

Madeline Lane

Jeff Massey

Diane Lin
ORCHESTRA Grand Rapids Symphony


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