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'Madama Butterfly' broadcast live-in-HD from the Met

Oct 26, 2019
Photo by: Marty Sohl / Met Opera Scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s production of "Madama Butterfly."

ROCKLAND — The 2019 - 2020 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Puccini’s "Madama Butterfly." An encore broadcast will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.

Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.

"Madama Butterfly" premiered at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, in 1904. The title character of Madama Butterfly — a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage — is considered one of the defining roles in opera.

The estimated runtime is 3 hrs., 12 min., including two intermissions. Tickets are $27/adults, $15/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID; available at or 594-0070. Encore show tickets available day-of-show are $23/adults; $20/Strand members; $5/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. For more information, visit, call 594-0070 or email

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