Last night was the first meeting of the Madison Opera High School Apprenticeship Program. The apprentices were treated to a rehearsal of the opening section of Madama Butterfly:
Goro (Jason Ferrante) presents the maid Suzuki (Heather Johnson), a cook, and a servant to Lt. Pinkerton to go along with the house he will rent in Nagasaki
These dancer/actors practice the Suzuki method in preparation for their job as “kurogo” in Madama Butterfly. In traditional Japaense Kabuki theater, “kurogo” means “onstage assistant.” Click here for a more detailed explanation.