CLARK ART INSTITUTE AIRS THE MET: LIVE IN HD PRODUCTION OF “MADAMA BUTTERFLY”

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2019
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging of Puccini’s tragic opera Madama Butterfly airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, November 9, at 12:55 pm. Now in its fourteenth season, The Met: Live in HD is the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts. Broadcasts feature the full performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.
 
Set in Japan at the turn of the last century, Madama Butterfly follows the story of a young Japanese geisha who marries an American naval officer. This Metropolitan Opera production features soprano Hui He in the devastating title role, with a cast that also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores. Run time is 3 hours, 12 minutes.
 
Tickets for each performance are $25 ($22 for Clark members and $18 for students with valid ID). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All sales are final.
 
The next Met: Live in HD performance is Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, airing November 23, 2019.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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