Usually, when the Bardavon presents one of its very popular opera screenings from The Met: Live in HD, it’s shown at one or the other of the two sister theaters – more often than not at Bardavon 1869 Opera House, but sometimes at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) instead. For Saturday’s performance of Madama Butterfly, however, audiences get their pick of both venues, as Giacomo Puccini’s tragic masterpiece will be screened simultaneously in Poughkeepsie and Kingston at 1 p.m. on April 2. “Un bel di” indeed!
This is the first time that the Metropolitan Opera is bringing Butterfly live to the screen, in Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed 2006 production with Karel Mark Chichon conducting. It stars Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-san, Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. Classical music maven Leslie Gerber’s pre-show talk will occur at 12:30 p.m. as usual, live at the Bardavon and via Skype at UPAC.
Tickets for Madama Butterfly cost $27 general admission, $25 for Bardavon members and $20 for children aged 12 and under. They are available at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; or through Ticketmaster (no member discount available) at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For more on this program or future The Met: Live in HD broadcasts, visit https://bardavon.org.