This Saturday, Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly opens on the stunning stage of the Ordway Theater in St. Paul. The Ordway’s show has already sold out four of eight performances (the run is April 14-22), but have no fear, TC Jewfolk can squeeze you in the door.
We’re giving away a pair of free tickets to see the famous opera on Friday, April 20th… just read on for details.
First, of course, I must answer the question I know you’re all asking.
Why is TC Jewfolk giving away a free pair of tickets to Madame Butterfly? How is Puccini’s opera Jewish?
Let me explain.
Madame Butterfly is a powerful story of love, loss, class and betrayal. But Puccini didn’t make it all up.
The opera’s libretto was based on a short story from 1898 that was dramatized as the one-act play “Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan” by David Belasco, an American Jewish theatrical producer, impresario, director and playwright. Belasco was born in San Francisco, and his family was originally from England, but they came to California during the gold rush. Belasco worked his way up from doing odd jobs as a kid in the theater, to stage managing, acting, and writing plays (his first, at the age of 12). In his 30s he moved to New York City. Over the next 30 years he would write, direct, or produce more than 100 Broadway plays including Madame Butterfly (1900). More than 40 films were made from the plays he authored.
Okay, so Madame Butterfly is Jewish… somewhat. But why should I see THIS play?
Because the Minnesota Opera is fabulous.
Because the Opera’s celebrated staging evokes the beauty and romance of Puccini’s gorgeous, unforgettable classic.
Because the opera is sung in Italian, one of the most passionate languages around, with projected English subtitles.
And, oh yeah, and because if you win TC Jewfolk’s pair of tickets, you get free admission to the TEMPO (read: MN Young Professional Operagoers) after-party at Sakura with the cast of the show, immediately following the performance.
So how can you win a pair of free tickets? It’s easy.
Just answer this question in the comments to this post for your chance to win our free pair of tickets:
Why should people under 40 listen to and watch Opera?
The winner will be drawn randomly on Thursday, April 12th at midnight. Please note – the winner’s pair of tickets can only be used for the Friday, April 20th 7:30pm performance.
Good luck! And enjoy the show!