Broadcasts by the Houston Grand Opera continue at noon this Saturday, October 29, with a performance of Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The performance will run approximately three hours.
At her wedding to Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, sung by Joseph Calleja, the Geisha, Cio-Cio-San, sung by Ana María Martínez in her major role debut, promises to be his for life; just three years later, abandoned and on the verge of poverty, she and her young son wait with fierce hope for his return. Although not apparent to the radio audience, this new production, by the internationally acclaimed creative team of director Michael Grandage ("Hamlet" – Broadway 2009; "Frost/Nixon" – Broadway 2007), designer Christopher Oram and lighting designer Neil Austin, draws its inspiration from traditional Japanese art. Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers conducts.