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A Clash of Cultures

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Powerful opera "Madama Butterfly” takes the stage

10/23/2019, 2:41 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed soprano Hiromi Umura in the title role of Portland Opera’s “Madama Butterfly.” Photo courtesy Portland Opera

A powerful opera that forces American audiences to consider our history, culture and the unknown victims of our past foreign policy opens at Keller Auditorium this weekend thanks to Portland Opera’s production of “Madama Butterfly.”

The Giacomo Puccini masterpiece is one of the most powerful operas of all time and stars internationally acclaimed soprano Hiromi Omura in the title role.

“Madama Butterfly” tells the story of a young wife and mother named Cio-Cio-San, in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1904. She waits for the return of her beloved B.F. Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the United States Navy. When his ship comes in, her dreams for the future meet his – with tragic and heartbreaking results.

“Madama Butterfly” has four performances, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit or call 503-241-1802.



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