"Madama Butterfly" (February 19–April 12) or "L'Elisir D'Amore" (March 10–April 2) with Sparkling Wine

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A young geisha’s doomed romance and a poor peasant’s quest for true love

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Madama Butterfly

Cio-Cio-San, nicknamed “Butterfly,” has led a tragic life. After the ritual suicide of her father on the Mikado’s orders, her family fell on hard times, and the young girl was forced to become a geisha. But when a handsome American naval officer acquires her hand through a marriage broker, she feels that her luck may be changing. Turning her back on her family and her religion, she finds solace and love in the arms of her new husband, and when he sails for America again, she promises to wait for him. Unfortunately, the wait is not short, and their reunion turns out to be less than sweet.

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly may be one of the most beloved operas of all time, with an undeniably compelling story, a score to match, and a title that has tantalized lepidopterists for decades. Of Butterfly’s many virtues, however, it’s the title character herself that proves most compelling. Like “Un bel di vedremo,” an aria that veers from simple and sweet to almost unbearably tragic, Cio-Cio-San’s journey proves challenging to even the most accomplished performer. Two such accomplished performers: Kristine Opolais, who on select dates reprises the role she was praised for by the New York Observer, and Hei-Kyung Hong, who has been performing with the Met since 1984. Both sopranos soar in an acclaimed staging designed by Anthony Minghella, the Academy Award–winning director of The English Patient.

L’Elisir D’Amore

The peasant Nemorino is in love with Adina. To win her over, Nemorino purchases a love elixir from the disingenuous Dulcamara. Feeling that Nemorino should be tought a lesson, Adina has falsely promised to marry Sergeant Belcore. Will Nemorino discover that courage doesn’t come in a bottle? Will Adina discover her true feelings? Everything comes to a head on her wedding day in this comic opera.

Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore has grown to become his most performed opera. Not bad for something written in just six weeks. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and tenor Vittorio Grigolo bring life to Adina and Nemorino while Alessandro Corbelli plies his false wares to the village as Dulcamara in this classic tale of comical romance.

The Metropolitan Opera

Founded smack-dab in the middle of Chester A. Arthur's presidency, The Metropolitan Opera has been a vibrant cultural center for more than 130 years. The Met's accomplished conductors, performers, and composers form a who's who of opera—Arturo Toscanini and Gustav Mahler are among them—and they've premiered some of history's most remarkable works, including those by Wagner and Puccini. The current music director, James Levine, has steered the ship since 1976, witnessing not only the birth of groundbreaking works by Philip Glass and Tobias Picker, but also the creation of new opera fans across the country. In 1977, a televised performance of La Bohème reached more than four million people, leading to regular broadcasts and HD screenings in movie theaters.

Since 1966, the Met's performers have sent their voices soaring in one of the world's most stunning opera houses, designed by architect Wallace K. Harrison. Past the lobby's two towering Marc Chagall paintings, twinkling Viennese chandeliers light the way to nearly 4,000 seats. There, the auditorium's timeless design blends seamlessly with technology: on each seat back, a small screen displays simultaneous translation through the company's unique Met Titles system, granting audiences the chance to follow the libretto in English, Spanish, or German.

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