Madama Butterfly is coming to the stage in Burnaby

If you’re an opera fan in Burnaby, this one's for you.

If you haven’t booked your tickets already, snag them now for Burnaby Lyric Opera’s mainstage production of 2020, Madama Butterfly.

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Music director Angus Kellett and stage director Brian Parkinson lead a cast of emerging professional opera singers in Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera, set in turn-of-the-20th-century Japan, which tells the tragic story of a beautiful young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, who falls in love with and marries B.F. Pinkerton, an American naval lieutenant. Soon after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America, and three years pass as Cio-Cio-San raises their son and awaits his return. But, when Pinkerton finally comes back, it is to take his son back to America with him.

Burnaby’s own Chloe Hurst (soprano) stars as Cio-Cio San, with tenor Martin Renner Wallace as Pinkerton. They’re joined by mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson as Suzuki and baritone Scott Brooks as Sharpless.

If you’re familiar with the opera, you’ll already know that it contains music that’s considered some of the most beautiful ever written, including the aria Un Bel Di and the Love Duet.

It will be sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

The production is onstage at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts from Feb. 22 to 29, with 8 p.m. shows on Feb. 22, 27 and 29, plus 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 24 and 26.

Tickets are $36 regular, or $15 for youth. Buy through tickets.shadboltcentre.com or call 604-205-3000.

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