IU Opera Theater's 'Madama Butterfly' playing at Clowes this weekend
November 8, 2016
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.
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.
In addition to the drama of "Madama Butterfly," the opera offers complex staging opportunities and a beautiful score by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.
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.
Arthur Fagen, chair of the Department of Orchestral Conducting in the Jacobs School of Music, leads the orchestra during last week's dress rehearsal.
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.