Opera Returns with Madame Butterfly

by John Arundel

By Margaret Howell

The Washington National Opera returns with a tale of passion, tragedy and fate as it presents Madame Butterfly at the Opera House in early spring.

One of the world’s most romantic operas is returning to the John F. Kennedy Center’s Opera House in late February as the Washington National Opera presents its take of passion, tragedy and fate colliding in Puccini’s beloved opera “Madama Butterfly,” presented by the WNO in 13 performances, February 26 through March 19 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The perennially popular masterpiece is presented by General Director Plácido Domingo and Music Director Philippe Auguin.

Madame Butterfly is performed in Italian with English sub-titles. It is the history of the innocent butterfly, played by the acclaimed sopranos Catherine Naglestad and Ana María Martínez.

Cio-Cio-San catches the eye of an American Naval officer as he makes her his temporary “wife,” thus igniting a fairytale romance. When his time in Japan is over, he abandons her and the dishonored “butterfly” is bereft, in a classic tale of betrayal and abandonment.

Tickets range from $25 to $300 for the main cast performances, and $15 to $75 for the Young Artist Performance.

Tickets are available through WNO Audience Services, 202.295.2400 or www.dc-opera.org.

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