Giacomo Puccini’s Heartbreaking Tale of Love and Betrayal Madama Butterfly Comes to the Clark “Captured Live” From the Met

For Immediate Release

May 31, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Giacomo Puccini’s heartbreaking opera Madama Butterfly comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm, "captured live” from the Metropolitan Opera. Patricia Racette sings the title role in the late Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s tragedy. Marcello Giordani is American Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft and Maria Zifchak co-star. Patrick Summers conducts.

In the production of Madama Butterfly the New York Times described as “a gorgeous cinematic spectacle,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton marries geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Madama Butterfly, while stationed in Japan. Although he is enchanted by the delicate geisha, Pinkerton plans to someday annul his monthly marriage contract and marry a "real" American wife, unbeknownst to Cio-Cio-San, who loves him. Three years later, Cio-Cio-San, now the mother of a young son, awaits her husband's return. She has faith that as soon as Pinkerton knows he has a son he will come back; if he does not, she would rather die than go back to her former life. When Pinkerton finally returns to Japan—he brings with him a surprise that breaks Cio-Cio-San’s heart.

Patricia Racette sings the title in Puccini’s stunning opera. “Her singing was robust, nuanced and passionate,” raved the New York Times. “In every dimension, Ms. Racette’s effort was exceptional; hers is a performance not to be missed.” Tenor Marcello Giordani co-stars as Cio-Cio-San’s husband Pinkerton. The telecast also features mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak as Cio-Cio-San’s maid Suzuki and baritone Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.

The Met Summer HD Encores continues with Donizetti’s Don Pasquale on June 22, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra on June 29, Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment on July 13, Puccini’s Tosca on July 20, and Verdi’s Don Carlo on July 27.

The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $17 ($15 members). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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June 15: Giacomo Puccini’s heartbreaking opera Madama Butterfly comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm, "captured live” from the Metropolitan Opera. Patricia Racette sings the title role in the late Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s tragedy. Marcello Giordani is American Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft and Maria Zifchak co-star. Patrick Summers conducts. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region; the galleries will remain open until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $17 ($15 members). For tickets, call 413 458 0MET (458 0638) or visit clarkart.edu. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

Contact:
pr@clarkart.edu

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