POP Presents Madama Butterfly

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So what if... what if a brash American naval officer and a young Japanese girl met and fell in love? How would they communicate? (Certainly not in Italian!) In POP's most ambitous production to date, Artistic Director Josh Shaw's long-time dream of a bilingual Madama Butterfly comes to life at The Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. With a new libretto by Josh Shaw and Eiki Isomura, all Japanese roles will be sung in Japanese (by Japanese-American artists) and all American roles will be sung in English. This is a co-production with Opera in the Heights (Houston). This production is sponsored in part by an Innovations Grant from Opera America.

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"This was the first opera I had ever attended. I have to say I didn't even know the story line. Let me say, the story line was horrible. A young teenage is thrusted into a marriage she thought was true love and is betrayed by her new husband. She waits for him and years later he returns with a new wife, embarrassing her. What an outrage! The costumes were beautiful Japanese kimonos and to dress the army of actors and actresses must have been quite a task. The actors were very good. I just wished that the topic was more appropriate. How a story like this made a lot of money is beyond my comprehension. I only attended because my friend asked me to. Otherwise, I don't think I would have supported such a production. Aratani Theatre should seriously be more attentive to the topic matter of the projects they support. This opera is about an abuse and disgraceful treatment of a young Japanese teenage girl."

sweet-sour - Sandy H.


Shari Barrett
"Pacific Opera Project (POP) is presenting its most ambitious production to date: the first ever true-to-story bilingual Madama Butterfly with a new libretto written by POP 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 of how would Butterfly and Pinkerton have really communicated if neither spoke the other's native language? To find out more about this formidable bilingual production, read my interview with POP Artistic Director Josh Shaw who directs MADAMA BUTTERFLY."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Pacific Opera Project (POP) is presenting its most ambitious production to date: the first ever true-to-story bilingual Madama Butterfly with a new libretto written by POP 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 of how would Butterfly and Pinkerton have really communicated if neither spoke the other's native language? To find out more about this formidable bilingual production, read my interview with POP Artistic Director Josh Shaw who directs MADAMA BUTTERFLY."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


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"This was the first opera I had ever attended. I have to say I didn't even know the story line. Let me say, the story line was horrible. A young teenage is thrusted into a marriage she thought was true love and is betrayed by her new husband. She waits for him and years later he returns with a new wife, embarrassing her. What an outrage! The costumes were beautiful Japanese kimonos and to dress the army of actors and actresses must have been quite a task. The actors were very good. I just wished that the topic was more appropriate. How a story like this made a lot of money is beyond my comprehension. I only attended because my friend asked me to. Otherwise, I don't think I would have supported such a production. Aratani Theatre should seriously be more attentive to the topic matter of the projects they support. This opera is about an abuse and disgraceful treatment of a young Japanese teenage girl."

sweet-sour - Sandy H.