Pittsburgh Opera Presents “Madama Butterfly” and "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella) at the Benedum Center (Up to 59% Off)

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The tragic tale of an abandoned lover and an comedic interpretation of Cinderella, both sung in Italian, comprise the Opera’s Spring season

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Expires Mar 1st, 2013. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required by 3/1/13. Redeem starting 1/14 by calling Pittsburgh Opera. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Benedum Center. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Pittsburgh Opera's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see both Madama Butterfly and La Cenerentola (Cinderella) presented by the Pittsburgh Opera at the Benedum Center. Doors open one hour before showtime. Choose from the following seating options:

  • For $129, you get one Duet package for zone A seating, valid for a Tuesday showing (up to a $311.50 value).
  • For $129, you get one Duet package for zone A seating, valid for a Friday showing (up to a $311.50 value).
  • For $129, you get one Duet package for zone A seating, valid for a Sunday showing (up to a $311.50 value).
  • For $85, you get one Duet package for zone B seating, valid for a Tuesday showing (up to a $205.50 value).
  • For $85, you get one Duet package for zone B seating, valid for a Friday showing (up to a $205.50 value).
  • For $85, you get one Duet package for zone B seating, valid for a Sunday showing (up to a $205.50 value).
  • For $69, you get one Duet package for zone C seating, valid for a Tuesday showing (up to a $159.50 value).

Each Duet package grants one ticket to both of the following operas:

Madama Butterfly, playing Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly follows the tragic tale of Cio-Cio San, nicknamed Butterfly, and her marriage to a US naval officer named Pinkerton in 1904. Butterfly forsakes her family and her religion for her new husband, only to watch him promptly leave for America. Three years later, Pinkerton returns with his new wife, Kate, seeking the child he fathered with Butterfly, unaware that his cowardice has set in motion the opera’s bloody ending. The soaring heights of the love duet between leads Bryan Hymel and Maria Luigia Borsi will be sure to thrill viewers and leave their hearts as swollen and warm.

La Cenerentola (Cinderella), playing on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m.; Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

Based on the tale of Cinderella, Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) eschews the classic’s magical elements for a more earthbound story of uplifting love. Many of the details are familiar: a young lady lorded over by her cruel stepsisters, a fortuitous palace ball, and a dashing prince. The fairy godmother, however, gives up her role to a wizened old philosopher, and a pair of telltale bracelets replaces the iconic glass slipper. Dotting the score of octave-shattering arias are playful ensemble pieces with tongue-twisting lyrics.

A pre-opera talk begins one hour before each show, letting interested viewers learn about the opera and its composer. The cast sings each show in its native Italian, with the English texts projected above the stage.

Benedum Center

The cloak of sparkling newness belies Benedum Center’s deep history in the theatrical world. Opened to regal fanfare and a holographic performance by Tupac in 1928, the theater then waded through the downs and ups of history until a $43 million restoration buffed its surfaces back to their former glory in 1984. Today, the 90 chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, the Grand Lobby’s mirrors and marble, and most of the 1,500 feet of brass rail throughout are all original. The centerpiece is the main chandelier, a 4,700-pound, 20-foot-high, 12-foot-wide behemoth that sparkles to remind visitors of the theater’s glory days.

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  • Benedum Center for the Performing Arts (165 miles)

    237 7th St.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

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