Jill Gardner | For GSO Opera, ‘Madama Butterfly’ a tragic story of love and heartbreak
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For GSO Opera, ‘Madama Butterfly’ a tragic story of love and heartbreak

Posted by Julie in Greensboro Opera, News 19 Dec 2018

As acclaimed singers and a creative team prepare for Greensboro Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” they grapple with heartache onstage and off.

Through staging and song, they will tell the tragic story of a young Japanese woman’s love for an American naval officer, and the anguish that results.

David Holley, general and artistic director of the nonprofit opera company, has brought in a stellar, professional cast.

Sopranos Jill Gardner and Katie Horn-Pershall. Baritones David Pershall and Ryan Hill. Tenors Cody Austin and Jacob Ryan Wright. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Foley Davis. Bass baritone Donald Hartmann. An 18-member chorus.

“I cannot wait to present this wonderful, glorious opera to the Greensboro public,” Holley said.

Yet off stage, Holley copes with an all-too-real heartbreak of his own.

Laura Holley. Photo by David Holley

Laura Holley. Photo by David Holley

The opening performance of “Madama Butterfly” will be dedicated to Laura Holley, who died on a family outing in August.

Read the full article by Dawn Kane at https://bit.ly/2rJtHd5