Opera singers spend years strengthening their performance skills by practicing scales and carrying around music sheets glued to barbells. See a solidly built show with this GrouponLive deal to Madame Butterfly, performed in English by the American Chamber Opera. Proceeds from this event will benefit Aid for Africa, a charity that helps fund the education of women and children in Kenya. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $15, you get one ticket for general-admission seating (a $30 value).
- For $25, you get one ticket for VIP seating in the first five rows of either venue, plus admission to the cast party (a $50 value).
Choose from the following dates and venues:
- Friday, January 18, at 7 p.m. at the International House at the University of Chicago
- Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m. at the International House at the University of Chicago
- Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m. at the Chicago Temple
- Saturday, February 9, at 7 p.m. at the Chicago Temple
- Sunday, February 10, at 4 p.m. at the Chicago Temple
Doors open one hour before showtime.
Puccini’s Madame 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.
In a minimal staging, the American Chamber Opera attempts to capture the sweeping scope of one of the best-known operas in Western music. Its cast of soloists and ensemble members sings in English to make the tale more accessible to modern audiences. To coincide with the charitable aspect of this performance, Madame Butterfly is set in Mombasa, Kenya, instead of Nagasaki, Japan.
American Chamber Opera
Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.