Opera Carolina’s Madama Butterfly
12:00 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Opera Carolina’s Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly. Stage, lighting and costume design by artist Jun Kaneko. Photo courtesy of Opera Omaha. Opera Carolina's Madama Butterfly Two mediums of art come together to make for a whole new experience for art enthusiasts, on this edition of Charlotte Talks. We'll be joined by internationally renowned opera star Yunah Lee, as she makes her Opera Carolina debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly - one that she's known for all over the world. We'll talk about what she brings to one of the world's most popular and best known operas and we'll also meet a sculptor who is helping to make Madama Butterfly new - at least in terms of scenery. Jun Kaneko has re-created the costuming and scenery for the popular opera and also has a current exhibit of his sculpture at the Mint Museum. Guests Yunah Lee - Korean soprano who plays Cio Cio San ("Butterfly") in Madama Butterfly (Yunah Lee's website) Fernando Portari - Brazilian tenor who plays American Naval Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly James Meena - General Director and Principal Conductor at Opera Carolina Carla Hanzal - Curator at the Mint Museum of Art Jun Kaneko - Japanese-born Sculptor who did the new sets and costuming for Madama Butterfly. He also has an exhibition Jun Kaneko: In the Round at the Mint Museum now through April 28th. (Jun Kaneko's website) Opera Carolina's Madama Butterfly is at Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Jan 21-29. Ticket info and details. Kimono Curtain designed by Jun Kaneko for Madama Butterfly. Opera Omaha first commissioned Kaneko to design the stage, lighting, costumes and even the opening curtain (pictured) of their 2006 production of Puccini's opera. The show is still touring and will debut in Charlotte later in January. Image Courtesy Jun Kaneko and Opera Omaha. Add and read comments

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