Northern Lights Festival Opera presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starring Danielle Pastin as Cio-Cio San, and conducted by the Mariinsky Theatre’s Gavriel Heine; and directed by Vincent Connor.
The cast includes tenor Cody Austin as Lt. Pinkerton, who is seeking a temporary wife while he is in Japan: Kyle Albertson as the American consul who senses the tragedy that lies ahead; Kimberly Sogioka, as Suzuki, Cio-Cio San’s servant; and Julius Ahn, as the Marriage Broker. Sung in Italian, with super-titles in English, the new production is designed by Bart Healy and built by local Master Carpenters Arthur Cherro and Alvin Rintala of Aurora.
With beautiful costumes and a full orchestra in the pit, this wonderfully lyric work, filled with emotion, humor, and ultimately, great tragedy, will engage audiences. Bring your handkerchiefs.
Three performances: July 10 at 7:00 PM in Mesabi East Auditorium, Aurora, MN; July 12 at 3:00 PM at Chisholm HS Auditorium, Chisholm, MN; and July 13 at 7:00 PM at Washington Auditorium, Ely, MN.
Tickets: $30 Adults / $15 Students under 18.