Madama Butterfly is one of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest works and one of the most popular operas in the world. The opera tells the tragic story of Cio-Cio San, a Geisha, who falls in love with B. F. Pinkerton, a U.S. naval officer, while he is stationed in Japan. Formed through layers of symbolism, musical history, and diverse cultures, the opera is filled with unique elements from the costumes to the arias that help make it a favourite of opera goers both old and new.
Explore our production of Madama Butterfly in our new series of infographics, where we guide you through the story and characters, costumes, makeup, and wigs, and the score, set, and artistic direction of our production. Get to know the show before you go, and catch a glimpse behind the scenes of Puccini’s perennial favourite.
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We're back! After a chilly summer hiatus, the Free Concert Series in
the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre returns for its 2014/2015 season today
with an always popular performance by artists of the COC
Ensemble Studio. Their performance is just one of many highly anticipated concerts this
September and October. Here are five more concerts that you won't want
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By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
For Episode 27, the “Money Talks” edition, we welcome back arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy, Opera Canada editor,Wayne Gooding, and Jenna Douglas, a Toronto-based collaborative pianist and author of the opera blog, Schmopera. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager, is your host.
The MET and their chorus and orchestra unions have resolved matters, compromises coming from both sides — but will external financial monitoring work?
Mezzo soprano Jennifer Rivera’s eloquent take on the MET chorus salary controversy… it’s not that they get paid too much but that singers in general are paid much too little.
Another opera singer, Valerian Ruminski, gets into trouble with questionable comments on social media – the group shares their thoughts.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001