Wolf Trap Opera Presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, One Night Only, August 7

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Wolf Trap Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, and Choral Arts join forces for a newly enhanced Operascape production at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts


Vienna, Virginia (July 17, 2015)Wolf Trap Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Choral Arts partner for a one-night-only performance of Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, August 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the outdoor Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. See below for complete production and ticketing information. Images are available upon request.

One of the most oft-performed operas,
Madama Butterfly is a tale of passion, honor, and sacrifice. Set in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki at the turn of the 20th century, the story follows a young geisha, Cio-Cio San, who marries a dashing American Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Historically, short-term marriages between American servicemen and young Japanese women were common in this time and place, but Cio-Cio San had higher hopes for her marriage – going so far as to give up her religion and, in the process, alienate her family all in the name of love. Pinkerton returns to America while his loyal young bride stays in Japan awaiting his return. His arrival three years later brings betrayal, heartbreak and dishonor for Cio-Cio San.

Wolf Trap Opera’s
Filene Young Artists perform all principal roles, and Studio Artists sing supporting roles. Soprano Alexandra Loutsion sings Cio-Cio San, and Lt. B.F. Pinkerton is performed by tenor Robert Watson.  The cast also features baritone Joo Won Kang as Sharpless and mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges as Suzuki. Wolf Trap Opera’s elite group of young professional singers is chosen through a highly selective annual nationwide audition tour. See complete casting below.

As a top
-tier operatic training program for emerging artists, Wolf Trap Opera provides its artists with the opportunity to take part in a fully staged grand opera annually at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, among many additional performance and training opportunities. An evening of opera under the stars invites newcomers to begin their opera love affair, and aficionados to hear works from the popular repertoire in the beautiful National Park setting.

Conductor
Grant Gershon of Los Angeles Opera returns to Wolf Trap following collaborations on La traviata in 2013 and Carmen in 2014. Tara Faircloth directs, with a new scenic design by Zane Pihlstrom, video and projections design by S. Katy Tucker, costumes by Rooth Varland and lighting by Mark Stanley. One of the largest theatrical stages in the country, Wolf Trap’s Filene Center allows the entire National Symphony Orchestra to join Wolf Trap Opera artists onstage. They will perform Puccini’s lush romantic music, infused with the exoticism of early 20th-century Japan, and will be joined by Grammy- and six-time WAMMIE-winners Choral Arts. 

PRODUCTION AND TICKETING INFORMATION

Wolf Trap Opera presents
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
with the National Symphony Orchestra
and Choral Arts,
conducted by Grant Gershon

Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182
Friday, August 7 at 8:15 p.m.
Sung in Italian, with projected English supertitles
The approximate running time is three hours, including one intermission.

Pre-performance Discussion begins 1 hour before curtain.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at WolfTrap.org, in person at the Filene Center Box Offices, or by phone at 877.WOLFTRAP.

 

Special thanks to Dan and Gayle D’Aniello, 2015 Wolf Trap Opera Season Underwriters,
and Virginia McGehee Friend and Ed and Andy Smith, Performance Sponsors.

 

Madama Butterfly - CAST AND PRODUCTION TEAM


Cio-Cio San..............................Alexandra Loutsion
Lt. B.F. Pinkerton......................Robert Watson
Sharpless.................................Joo Won Kang
Suzuki......................................J'nai Bridges
Goro.........................................David Margulis
The Bonze................................Evan Boyer
Kate Pinkerton..........................Grace Newberry*
Prince Yamadori.......................Ian Koziara*

  *Studio Artist

Conductor....................................Grant Gershon
Director........................................Tara Faircloth
Scenic Designer...........................Zane Pihlstrom
Video & Projection Designer.........S. Katy Tucker
Costume Designer........................Rooth Varland
Lighting Designer..........................Mark Stanley
Wig & Makeup Designer...............Anne Nesmith
Language Consultant...................Franca Gorraz
Musical Preparation.....................Justina Lee
                                                    Joseph Li
                                                    Josephine Riggs
Production Stage Manager.......... Michael Janney


 

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.

Media Information
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High-resolution headshots and stage designs are available upon request. Production images will be available the morning of the performance, on August 7.


Emily Smalling, Coordinator, Public Relations
 703.255.4096 or emilys@wolftrap.org

Michelle Pendoley, Director, Public Relations
703.255.1917 or michellep@wolftrap.org