Past Features

February 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 3)

Opera: Madama Butterfly Live in High Definition March 7

Opening Scene of Madama Butterfly
A dancer in the opening scene from Act I of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

The Metropolitan Opera's Live in High Definition series will continue with Puccini's Madama Butterfly on Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. in Lehman College's Lovinger Theatre. The event is free and open to the public; however, preference will be given to young audience members. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Lehman Stages Box Office at 718-960-8025.

Set in the city of Nagasaki, Japan, Madama Butterfly is the story of Cio-Cio-San, a 15-year-old Japanese girl, and her fleeting marriage to U.S. Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Directed by filmmaker Anthony Minghella's, the production features Cristina Gallardo-Domâs in the title role opposite Marcello Giordani.

Hosted by the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, the series is part of the Metropolitan Opera's efforts to increase music and art education in schools and to make opera accessible to communities throughout the country. The final performance in the series will be Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on Saturday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m.

Founded in 2003 as part of the Bronx New Century High School Initiative/New Visions for Public Schools, the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music combines a rigorous academic program with high-quality music instruction, which the students receive with assistance from the Lehman Music Department.