2019 / Aratani Theatre to host Pacific Opera Project’s ambitious bilingual “Madama Butterfly” April 6, 13, 14

Principal cast Keiko Clark (Cio-cio-san) wearing a kimono by Sukeko Oshimoto. Photo by Kentaro Terra.

Aratani Theatre to host Pacific Opera Project’s ambitious bilingual “Madama Butterfly” April 6, 13, 14

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Special Opening Night Dinner and Reception “Sake To Me” to be held, April 6

On April 6, 13 and 14, 2019 at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in LA’s Little Tokyo, Pacific Opera Project presents its most ambitious production to date: the first ever true-to-story bilingual Madama Butterfly .

With a new libretto written by Pacific Opera Project Artistic Director Josh Shaw and Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Eiki Isomura, the production presents Puccini’s story as if it actually happened and attempts to answer the question: How would Butterfly and Pinkerton communicate?

All Japanese roles will be sung in Japanese by Japanese-American artists and all American roles will be sung in English.

In Los Angeles, every singer in the chorus is also Japanese-American. Most of the chorus is composed of the Eiki Isomura, lead by Naoko Suga, who will serve as Chorus Master.

In an effort to only use Japanese-American singers for the Japanese roles, Pacific Opera Project conducted a multi-year audition process with auditions in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York in addition to online submissions from singers in the United States and Japan.

Unlike most Pacific Opera Porject singable translations, this libretto remains as faithful to the Italian word-for-word meaning as possible.

Sueko Oshimoto of Kimono SK will be costuming the production. Makeup for this production is generously sponsored by  Kaori Nara Turner of Star of the Color.

This production is sponsored in part by a Innovations grant from Opera America and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles.

Performance Information: Madama Butterfly

Aratani Theatre, 244 San Pedro Street (Little Tokyo), Los Angeles, CA 90012

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00pm

https://www.pacificoperaproject.com/madamabutterfly

$15 – $75 at the Aratani Theatre Box Office, by calling (213) 680-3700, or emailing boxoffice@jaccc.org

Special Opening Night Dinner and Reception “Sake To Me”
Saturday, April 6, 5:15 – 6:30 pm at Sake Dojo restaurant, 333 East First Street, Little Tokyo. Tickets are $100. Seating is limited to 60 people.

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