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    "Season-Opening Soprano Kelly Kaduce"


    Kelly KaduceSoprano Kelly Kaduce opens The Santa Fe Opera’s 2010 season as Cio-cio-san. It’s one of her signature roles, which she has performed to great acclaim in St. Louis, Boston, and Minnesota. Opera News said of her portrayal, “Kaduce's Butterfly wasn't weak, coy or prone to self-pity but a woman of confidence, vitality and firm resolve. Life, after all, has thrown Cio-Cio-San several curves, and she has had to grow up fast and learn resiliency. Yet she has not hardened along the way…With Kaduce, Butterfly's suicide was not the cowardly capitulation of a hapless victim but the act of someone who every step of the way has looked fate straight in the eye with dignity and acceptance.”

    Miss Kaduce gave a stunning performance of Princess Lan in Santa Fe's 2007 American premiere of  Tea: A Mirror of Soul , which she will repeat later this season with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has also sung the title roles in the world premieres of Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina (the latter just issued on CD), along with major roles in the first productions of Margaret Garner and The Grapes of Wrath

    Before arriving in Santa Fe for  Madame Butterfly, she performs Mimi with the Portland Opera, Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Omaha and the Florida Grand Opera, Donna Elvira in Michigan Opera Theatre’s Don Giovanni, and the title role in Suor Angelica with the Florida Grand Opera, in addition to reprising Princess Lan. 

    Santa Fe's production of Madame Butterfly... learn more

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