LA Opera on Air broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, August 3, with a performance of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The libretto is based in part on the short story Madame Butterfly (1898) by John Luther Long, which was dramatized by David Belasco. Some portions of the story also seem based on the novel Madame Chrysanthème (1887) by Pierre Loti. The story of the opera may also be based in part on actual events that occurred in the early 1890s in Nagasaki. The performance will run approximately three hours.

In Madama Butterfly, a love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision.

This stunning production, from the acclaimed director of Il Postino, Ron Daniels, had never before been seen in Los Angeles. For the live audience it melded sumptuous costumes with evocative period scenery. Grant Gershon conducts.

Cio-Cio-San: Oksana Dyka
B.F. Pinkerton: Brandon Jovanovich
Suzuki: Milena Kitic
Sharpless: Eric Owens
Goro: Rodell Rosel
Bonze: Stefan Szkafarowsky
Prince Yamadori: Museop Kim
Kate Pinkerton: D'Ana Lombard
Imperial Commissioner: Gabriel Vamvulescu
Official Registrar: Hunter Phillips