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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Burning Bright
Frank Lewin
Frank Lewin
Raymond Harvey (Conductor)
Nick Mangano (Director)
Robert Klingelhoefer & Robert Hunsicker (Set Designers)
Mordeen (Sherry Overholt)
Rinde Eckert (Victor)
Charles Damsel (Joe Saul)
Julian Rodescu (Friend Ed)

November 05, 1993
Yale School of Music
Setting: Act I: a country circus in the Midwest -- Act II: a farm in Pennsylvania -- Act III, a ship moored in New York Harbor.

A middle-aged man and his younger wife, deeply in love with each other, have no children. The husband, Joe Saul, is obsessed with the idea that he must hand on his tradition to an heir. His wife Mordeen knows that he cannot father a child. In order to give Joe Saul what he craves so desperately, Mordeen encourages the advances of a young man, Victor, and conceives by him, hoping that her husband will accept the child as his own. The fourth member of the cast, Friend Ed, acts as confidant and observer.
Dramatic Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
Opera News, Gilbert H. Mott, 2-5-94; Opera News, Arlo J. McKinnon, 10-93; The News-Times, Frank Merkling, 7-2-92
based on the novel and play by John Steinbeck
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Small Chorus
2 fl (afl, picc), 2 ob, Eng hrn, 2 cl (bcl/ Eb cbcl), 3 bsn, 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba - timp, 2 perc, hp, gtr (elec, acstc), str. Offstage circus band (recorded), onstage fiddler, 4 onstage handbells, harbor sound effects (recorded)
Tonal; incorporates material from various ethnic traditions (Irish tunes, Scottish rituals, Appalachian ballads, Hawaiian and English sea lore) and elements of American popular music; grand opera
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