Butterfly

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacosa
New arrangement by Daniel Schlosberg
Adapted by Ethan Heard and Jacob Ashworth

White male artists invented the tragic geisha, Madama Butterfly, and in so doing fueled a stereotype that has dominated Western imagination ever since. This daring new adaptation of Puccini’s iconic romance explodes that legacy of fetishization and exposes the Sorrow left behind.

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CArmen

Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
New arrangement by Daniel Schlosberg
Adapted by Louisa Proske

The border is a place of intense turmoil. This radical new adaptation strips down Bizet’s explosive masterpiece to the four central characters as they hurl themselves against real and imaginary fences. Carmen’s existential dare seduces the enemy in uniform – but in the game of sexual transgression, which lines cannot be crossed?

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COLLABORET // May 24

Join us for an evening of eclectic music-theater which draws from Heartbeat Opera's ever widening community of artists and expands the definition of opera.

This year’s COLLABORET includes a first exploration of Marisa Michelson's new Sappho Fragments, a vocally virtuosic music-theatre piece based on Sappho’s poetry as translated by Anne Carson. Joined by her ensemble of singers, Constellation Chor, Michelson uses extended vocal techniques, movement and group singing to bring what remains of the Ancient Greek poet’s words to life. Sappho Fragments is Part II of Michelson's Desire/Divinity Project which also includes her recent Song of Song of Songs.

 

Opening Night Gala // May 23

Enjoy a double-bill of BUTTERFLY & CARMEN with premium seating and an exclusive prosecco toast at intermission.