It’s “One fine day” for Pacific Opera Project’s Madama Butterfly — San Francisco Classical Voice

by Jim Farber

Since its debut production, Trouble in Tahiti in 2011, Pacific Opera Project (POP) has managed to carve out a niche for itself in a town overshadowed by the star power and operating budget of the Los Angeles Opera. Led by its inventive and flamboyant artistic director, Josh Shaw, the company has developed an exceedingly loyal following by entertaining them with productions featuring young singers in zany settings of traditional operas: a hipster La bohème, a Dick Tracy Don Giovanni, a video-game-inspired Magic Flute. And their ticket prices are reasonable.

The company’s latest production, however, is on a visual scale beyond anything it has taken on before — a sumptuously costumed, fully staged, bilingual co-production (with Houston’s Opera in the Heights) of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. It’s uniqueness, however, lies in the fact that Japanese singers perform the Japanese roles in Japanese, while the American characters are appropriately cast and sung in English. The bilingual libretto is by Josh Shaw and Eiki Isomura…

Read more at San Francisco Classical Voice

Image courtesy of San Francisco Classical Voice/Martha Benedict

April 9, 2019

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