Discover opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini
Hope, devotion, and betrayal find their fateful and desperate home in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Cultures clash when a trusting young woman marries an American naval officer stationed in Nagasaki. Puccini’s music takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heartbreaking finale.
At this opera talk, you will experience both live music and drama in a close environment with selected arias from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Our speaker Professor Johnny Poon will guide you through the background of this intoxicating opera, followed by a demonstration by two talent local singers, soprano Li Yang and tenor Samuel Huang; accompanied by More Than Musical’s artistic director Wei-En Hsu, to perform excerpts from the opera. This event will end with a Q&A session with the performers.
The music of Madama Butterfly is passionate that it will stay with you long after you’ve left the Qube.
Duration of the event: 1.5 hour.
Story of Madama Butterfly:
Amidst the cherry blossoms of Nagasaki, a young woman makes a stand to support herself as a geisha after her disgraced father takes his life. Fate intervenes and brings her an American Naval Officer and she falls desperately in love. Not aware she is just a dalliance, she believes they are married and renounces her religion as he sails away promising to return. And return he does, ready to take their child and raise him with his American wife. Her father’s shadow looms as her heart breaks and she must choose to live with dishonor or die with honor.
Speaker - Johnny Poon
Soprano - Etta Fung
Tenor - Samuel Huang
Mr. Samuel Huang was graduated from《The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts》and concluded his studies with Baritone Mr. Brian Montgomery. After graduated he study with Mr. Jimmy Chan, and Dr. Oliver Lo. In 2013, Samuel had participated《IMA International Vocal Competition》as a finalist and was awarded the Silver Prize.
As a concert performer, Samuel Huang has sang the tenor solos in《Cantata No. 4 and No.31》by J. S. Bach,《Messiah》by G. F. Handel, 《Creation》and《Nelson Mass》by Joseph Haydn, 《Cruxifition》by John Stainer, 《Seven Last Words of Chris》by Dubois, 《Carmina Burana》by Carl Orff.
In opera stage, Samuel also sang the title role Rodolf in《La Bohème》by Puccini at German Opera Festival. He also has appeared as Alfredo in《La Traviata》by Verdi, Silango in《Le Cinesi》 by Gluck, and Nemorino in《L’elisir d’amore》by Donizetti.