The Orlando Philharmonic‘s production of the classic Pucinni opera Madama Butterfly will be performed for audiences this weekend on April 5 & 7, but CitySurfing Orlando was invited to attend the final dress rehearsal last night at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.
The story follows Cio-Cio-San (aka Madama Butterfly), a beautiful young geisha, who sacrifices her family, her religion, and even her life, for new husband, American naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton.
WIth minimal sets, including a virtual backdrop, this production of the opera was very well done. The cast and the orchestra also put in excellent performances.
I must mention strong vocals from leads Shu-Ying Li as Butterfly and Brian Jagde as Pinkerton, really made this production a joy to listen to. In fact, Jagde completely stood out for me with his amazing vocals.
And if the Italian lyrics were hard to follow, one only had to look to the top of the stage for an electronic translation to English of everything that was sung. A very nice touch to make the opera more accessible to the audience.
My photographer and I really enjoyed this production of Madama Butterfly, and I would suggest checking out one of the two performances this weekend.
Here are some additional pictures from the sneak preview: