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Inland Northwest Opera’s current gift to our region is a production of Giacomo Puccini’s durable masterpiece “Madame Butterfly” (1906), which is being presented in two performances this weekend at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox (7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with pre-talk sessions one hour before curtain call), and features dramatic singing of such quality as any great opera house would be proud to present.
Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” is the story of Cio-Cio San, a geisha known as Madame Butterfly, and Lt. Pinkerton, a U.S. Naval officer with whom Butterfly has a contracted marriage (“Cio-Cio San” is from the Japanese word for butterfly). Inland Northwest Opera is presenting “Madame Butterfly” on Friday and Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
One of the fascinating aspects of Inland Northwest Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Friday and Sunday, is that the set is made of paper. Stage director Fenlon Lamb, a friendly and outgoing former opera singer and actress who now directs and produces productions, discussed the paper by design on Tuesday afternoon inside the theater.
Puccini’s timeless opera will be semi-staged this weekend by Opera Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane Symphony.
The setting is a mid-19th century mining camp in California’s Sierra Nevada. But it might as well be a nearby mountain town during the Great Idaho Gold Rush of 1860. The story – full of bandits and bar fights, pistols and prospecting – focuses on forbidden love in the Wild, Wild West. Think: spaghetti Western meets Italian opera.