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IU Opera Theater's 'Madama Butterfly' playing at Clowes this weekend

November 8, 2016

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

The drama about love, loyalty and loss is set in Japan in the early 1900s. It revolves around a U.S. naval officer and a Japanese geisha.

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

Visiting director Lesley Koenig calls "Madama Butterfly" her "go-to cry opera." Koenig's impressive career includes management roles at the Metropolitan Opera, San Diego Opera and Opera Boston. This fall, she was invited to direct "Madama Butterfly" for the Indiana University Opera Theater. 

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

In addition to the drama of "Madama Butterfly," the opera offers complex staging opportunities and a beautiful score by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.  

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

Marlen Nahhas (pictured) and Mathilda Edge are the two students cast as Madama Butterfly, a geisha also known as Cio-Cio. The opera was double-cast to allow as many students as possible to participate. 

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

Arthur Fagen, chair of the Department of Orchestral Conducting in the Jacobs School of Music, leads the orchestra during last week's dress rehearsal. 

The opera 'Madama Butterfly' will premiere in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center this weekend, then Clowes Hall the next.

Lesley Koenig, left, is stage director for "Madama Butterfly." Kevin Murphy, right, is professor of practice and director of coaching and music administration for IU Opera Theater. 

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