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September 03, 2010
PAC to Present San Francisco Opera’s 'Madama Butterfly'
Community members will have a chance to see and experience the world-class San Francisco Opera as part of the 2010-11 season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.
As the debut of the San Francisco Opera’s Grand Cinema Series at the PAC, a theater-style HD screening of the company’s acclaimed production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be presented on the PAC main stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.
One of the world’s most beloved and dramatic operas, “Madama Butterfly” is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 19th-century Japan. It tells the story of a geisha tragically torn between two worlds and forced to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to retain her honor.
Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, the screening will include English subtitles and a brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews with the production’s cast and crew -- along with some of Puccini’s most popular music.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.
Prior to the evening’s performance, at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the PAC lobby, local opera aficionado Jack Shine will lead a free hour-long lecture and discussion designed to prepare audience members for the evening and deepen their understanding of this amazing art form.
"This event will be a fabulous way to learn more about opera or satisfy your craving by seeing world-class opera in an informal setting,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “The PAC has been bringing opera to Santa Clarita for years, and we hope this series will continue to build an appreciation for the art form in our valley."
The second installment of the San Francisco Opera’s Grand Cinema Series at the PAC will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, and feature a screening of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”
For more information about the San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series or to purchase tickets please contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.CanyonsPAC.com.