Opera Up Close, now online!

Click here to watch General Director Allan Naplan’s Madama Butterfly preview, filmed at Opera Up Close on Nov. 16 in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. (Scroll down the linked page to find the video). This is a great way to enhance your operatic experience, with fascinating history on Puccini’s life and works, hints on what to listen for in the opera, a detailed exploration of designer Jun Kaneko’s aesthetic, and discussions with our conductor Leonardo Vordoni and director Leslie Swackhamer. You can also watch Opera Up Close on Madison City Channel 12 (analog basic channel 98 and digital channel 994) the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, Nov. 23 at 10 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm
  • Friday, December 5 at 8 pm

Opera Up Close: The Cosi fan Tutte Preview will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2009 from 4-6 p.m. in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Butterfly speaks!

Soprano Maria Kanyova is singing Cio-Cio-San in the Madison Opera production of Madama Butterfly this weekend. I caught up with her before last night’s rehearsal to hear what she thinks of the opera, the role, and what it means to her now that real-life daughter Elisabeth Kania is playing Cio-Cio-San’s son in Friday night’s performance.

A Conversation with Butterfly from Madison Opera on Vimeo.

Some props

Parasols, Jun Kaneko style

Carafes for Pinkerton’s whiskey, amongst other servant/cook platters

This is a really cool looking book that I’m sure there is a story behind. It’s used in the wedding scene. (Apologies the photo isn’t rotated, Blogger won’t let it!)