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Tag: Madama Butterfly Puccini Seattle


Seattle Opera offers first free opera simulcast at Key Arena this weekend with “Madame Butterfly,” starring Patricia Racette

Patricia Racette as Madama Butterfly in a 2009 production by the Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Marty Sohl

Seattle Opera joins the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and other major companies in offering a free screen opera simulcast for the first time this weekend. Saturday night will see an expected combined audience of over 10,000 at Key Arena to watch a free live HD simulcast of Puccini’s masterpiece “Madame Butterfly,” broadcast from McCaw Hall and starring soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, her signature role, in her debut with the company. Italian tenor Stefano Secco plays Pinkerton, the U.S. Naval officer officer who loves then abandons the Japanese geisha.

The event is part of The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 1962 World’s Fair opera performance that led to the formation of Seattle Opera. Read more »