Madama Butterfly (Mainstage), Giacomo Puccini
Cultures clash when a trusting young geisha marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s classic gut-wrenching music will be sung in Italian with a 23 piece orchestra and will lead the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale.
With conservatory production:
La pizza con funghi (Blackbox), Seymour Barab
This satiric 50 minute piece pokes good fun at opera seria with a story of four characters caught in a lovers’ quarrel, full of miscues and witty humor. Sung in English with piano, this piece presents a perfect pill for anyone who needs to remember to take opera less seriously.
August 13 Butterfly, 7pm (dinner at 5:00, 6:30 preshow talk)
August 20 Butterfly, 2pm (talkback, dinner at 5:00)
August 20 La Pizza con Funghi, 7pm (preshow talk at 6:30)
General tickets are $35, Students are $10.
All conservatory performances are Pay What You Will, courtesy of The Vermont Country Store, the David and Janet R. Sheridan Foundation, The Peckham Family Foundation and The Maurice Sendak Foundation.
Final Butterfly Dress is also PWYW. Advance reservations for all PWYW performances are $15 (students and adults).
Opera Prix Fixe Dinner #1 – Sat. August 13 at 5:00pm-6:30pm
Opera Prix Fixe Dinner #2 – Sat. August 20 at 5:00pm-6:30pm
The cost of a dinner is $30 and each dinner is limited to 30 attendees.
Menu: An array of wood-fired pizzettas (both vegetarian and omnivore), salads, desserts, herbal teas and assorted beverages… made with fresh local ingredients from our Cambridge Community Garden and regional farms.
A 15% discount is offered to groups of 10 or more for performances or performances plus dinner. Call the Hall to reserve in advance: 518-677-2495.
The mission of HHOT is to provide classically trained singers and instrumentalists in New England and upstate New York greater opportunities to create something beautiful close to home, while also giving rural audiences the chance to enjoy an opera without having to spend the night in a city to do so. We also enjoy providing young artists with the chance to perform key roles in a nurturing environment alongside experienced professionals.
Your Very Own Opera Singer! You can help us make this season a success by welcoming one of our cast members into your home. If you feel moved to offer up the best of Cambridge hospitality for any amount of time at all in exchange for this fabulous music festival in your backyard, please contact Alix Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org.