Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly

Puccini's unforgettable heroine risks everything for love, but once betrayed, chooses the only honorable path.

Puccini's heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal and sacrifice – the glorious Madama Butterfly returns to the Straz Center’s Morsani stage for Opera Tampa’s 20th Anniversary season. In a bold and beautiful production, with the exotic allure of turn-of-the-century Japan, American Naval officer, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, sets the wheels of tragedy in motion when he marries a beautiful young Japanese girl.

Soprano Yunah Lee makes her debut with Opera Tampa as Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San (Butterfly) in a role that has won her critical international acclaim.

Richard Troxell stole our hearts as Rodolfo in La Bohéme. He returns to Opera Tampa as the handsome, but irresponsible B.F. Pinkerton.

“... outstanding singing and acting by Yunah Lee as Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) make this Butterfly connect on a high emotional level with the audience ... Yunah Lee's “Un Bel Di” breathes new life into the aria." (Denver Performing Arts Examiner)

This production is underwritten by Dr. Zena Lansky and Mr. Warren Rodgers

Madama Butterfly
will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast – including Yunah Lee as Cio Cio San – along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.


March 13 - 15, 2015 Carol Morsani Hall

Show Dates & Times

Friday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.

Meet The Artists

Yunah Lee (Madame Butterfly; Cio-Cio San) Soprano. Oradell, New Jersey
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera (cover), NY City Opera), Leonora in Il Trovatore (La Bella Opera), Tatianna in Eugene Onegin (Seoul Arts Center), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Korea National Opera),.
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Austin Opera)

Richard Troxell (Pinkerton) Tenor Coatesville, Pa.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Don Jose in Carmen (Opera Australia, Vancouver Opera), Des Grieus in Manon (Opera de Montreal), Romeo in Romeo et Juliette (Palm Beach Opera), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Opera de Montreal, China, Basel, Opera Australia).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Don Jose in Carmen (Lubock Symphony), Gerald in Lakme (Calgary Opera).

Lauren Segal (Suzuki; Cio-Cio San’s servant) Mezzo-Soprano. Toronto, Canada (born in Johannesburg, South Africa)
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Carmen in Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), Muse/Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Canadian Opera Company), Maddalena in Rigoletto (l’Opéra de Montréal), Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Calgary Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (company TBA), Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (company TBA), Emilia in Otello (company TBA).

Louis Otey (Sharpless)
Baritone. Flandreau, South Dakota
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Falstaff in Falstaff (Metropolitan Opera), Rigoletto in Rigoletto (New York City Opera), Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera), Iago in Otello (Miami Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Aspen Opera), Francesco Foscari in I Due Foscari (Covent Garden).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Dutchman in Der Fliegende Hollander (South Dakota Symphony, March 2015), Montfort in Les Vepres Siciliennes (Royal Danish Opera, May-June 2015)

Won Cho (The Bonze) Bass baritone. Seoul, Korea / London, Canada (currently living in Tampa, Fla & Birmingham, Alabama).
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Raimondo (Cover) in Lucia di Lammermoor.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Colline in La Bohème and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Anchorage Opera), Bonzo/Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Monterone in Rigoletto, Zuniga in Carmen, Speaker in The Magic Flute (Opera Birmingham), Bonzo/Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (Utah Festival Opera), Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte (Opera Memphis).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Ghost of the Late King in Hamlet (Opera Birmingham, January 2015).

Cody Austin (Goro)
Tenor. Spring, Texas
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Alfredo in La Traviata (Utah Opera), Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera Grand Rapids), Don Jose in La Tragedie de Carmen (Shreveport Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Lyric Opera Virginia), The Duke of Manta in Rigoletto (Opera Santa Barbara).

Chad Armstrong (Prince Yamadori/Imperial Commissioner) Baritone. Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Prigioniero in Il Prigioniero (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Annapolis Opera), John Donne in Vita (The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre), Count in The Marriage of Figaro (Winter Opera St. Louis).

Claire Coolen (Kate Pinkerton) Soprano. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Papagena in The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflőte)
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: The Governess in Turn of the Screw (Banff Opera Theatre), Dorinda in Orlando (Siena Music Festival), Hannah in My Friends Story (world premier in the International, Festival of Arts and Ideas), The Lady in Café Vienna (PORTOpera),
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Musetta in the motion picture film The Bohemians (Spring 2015 release)

Run-time: 3 Hours

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