René Gallimard, a civil servant at the French embassy in Beijing, falls in love with a beautiful Chinese opera singer named Song Liling, who holds two shocking secrets, both of which eventually bring Gallimard professional and personal ruin. Broadway’s smash hit is transformed to operatic form.
James Robinson’s gripping production captures both the driving pulse and the exotic lyricism of Huang Ruo’s music and reveals the blurred lines between fantasy and reality at the heart of this true story. Allen Moyer’s spare, neutral sets fluidly propel us through a span of over two decades and more than a dozen locations, subtly welcoming the shifting lights and projections that saturate Gallimard’s workaday grey world with richly glowing color when he meets the love of his life.
Don’t miss this highly anticipated World Premiere.
David Henry Hwang
Instant Translation Screen
The Santa Fe Opera
Developed with assistance from
American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director
Production illustration by
Commissioning and development support generously provided by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Production support generously provided by
Agnes Hsu-Tang & Oscar Tang—Tang Fund, Edward & Betsy Cohen—The Aretê Foundation, and The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation
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"It seemed time to finally embark upon my dream of bringing 'M. Butterfly' back to the world of opera...Huang Ruo and I believe it will allow this story to take wing, more beautifully and powerfully than ever before."
-Librettist David Henry Hwang
Kangmin Justin Kim
Hera Hyesang Park
Comrade Chin/Shu Fang
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