The Japanese Inspiration for Madama Butterfly

Collaboration with the Palm Beach Opera
Talk by Catherine Hughes, Director of Education & Community Engagement at Palm Beach Opera

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE (with paid museum admission)
Tickets are available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seating available
Location: Morikami Theater

In order to create the opera Madama Butterfly, composer Giacomo Puccini and his librettists, Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, studied Japanese culture through travelogues, printed music, sound recordings, and private study of the koto. Catherine Hughes, Director of Education & Community Engagement at Palm Beach Opera, explores these source materials and the ways the opera’s creators incorporated their cultural explorations into their work.


The event includes a demonstration of the koto technique by Yoshiko Carlton and a performance of excerpts from Madama Butterfly by a Palm Beach Opera resident artist.

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