For GSO Opera, ‘Madama Butterfly’ a tragic story of love and heartbreak
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.
The opening performance of “Madama Butterfly” will be dedicated to Laura Holley, who died on a family outing in August.
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