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Opera Company of Middlebury Brings MADAMA BUTTERFLY to Town Hall Theater, 10/5 & 7

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It is the most produced opera in North America – and with good reason. The heartbreaking story and the sumptuous music make Madama Butterfly one of the most beloved operas of all time.

The Opera Company of Middlebury will bring Puccini's classic to Middlebury in a semi-staged concert version at Town Hall Theater on October 5 and 7.

Madama Butterfly tells the story of Cio-Cio-San, the young geisha who chooses to die honorably rather than suffer in shame after learning of her husband's betrayal. Soprano Mihoko Kinoshita will sing the role for OCM, having recently played it at Vancouver Opera and the Royal Albert Hall, London. The role of Pinkerton, the US Navy officer who weds Butterfly but then leaves her, will be sung by tenor Daniel Snyder – who was actually a Marine before lunching his opera career.

"We've cast this production extremely well," says director Douglas Anderson. "Both Mihoko and Daniel are absolutely perfect for their parts, and both are extraordinary singers and musicians."

The roles of Suzuki and Sharpless will be played by singers who have been winners in the prestigious Met Opera Council Auditions, mezzo Hyo Na Kim and baritone Ricardo Rivera. Scott Ingham will play Goro and Vermont's own Erik Kroncke will sing two roles, the Bonze and Prince Yamadori.

This will be the first time Opera Company of Middlebury has presented a second production in the same year.

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