Opera in the Heights
For its fourth and final production of the season, Opera in the Heights (OH), the opera company that provides a stage for emerging performers and affordable opera to the Greater Houston Area, presents Puccini’s enduring classic Madama Butterfly – with a difference. This co-production of OH and the Los Angeles-based Pacific Opera Project actualizes the heart of the opera’s tragic cross-cultural love story by translating its original Italian libretto into the two languages of the protagonists – Japanese and English – and featuring Japanese-American singers in the Japanese roles. OH Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Eiki Isomura, who conducts all performances, has adapted the libretto for the Japanese-speaking characters, and Pacific Opera Project Artistic Director Josh Shaw, who originated the concept, has written the English.
- Read about the OH presentation of Madama Butterfly in Houston Press (and review), Houston Chronicle, OutSmart
- Opera in the Heights presents Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in a new Japanese/English adaptation April/May 2019 – Press release