Madama Butterfly: The Untold Story -Press Release
“Madama Butterfly: The Untold Story”
Based on the opera by Puccini
Orchestrated by Daniel Schlosberg and Abdiel Iriarte
Guest Conductor: Ron Mendola
South of Broadway Theatre Company unveils this intriguing new production at the glamorous Blackbaud Atrium on Daniel Island
It’s a new year, a new venue, and a new take on the great opera by Giacomo Puccini, which still retains all the beautiful Puccini melodies you love. Mary Gould, Founder and Producer at South of Broadway is excited to share her directorial vision and this glorious music, amid the luxurious garden setting of the Atrium at Blackbaud. “The Untold Story” we have chosen to tell is that of the American Consul Sharpless, and his deeply compelling point of view as he sees this heartbreaking story of Pinkerton and Cio-Cio San unfold.
This exclusive run is part of South of Broadway Theatre Company’s rebranding activities as we move towards our new home in the Daniel Island Performing Arts Center. Additionally, this space, with its lush garden foliage is a perfect set for “Madama Butterfly”. We are so grateful to Blackbaud for all their help in making this happen.
The role of the tragic Geisha, Madama Butterfly, will be performed by soprano, Vittoria Gilda Miranda, from New York who has been noted for her ‘luxurious, luminous vocal quality’ and dramatic intensity. The great Italian soprano, Renata Scotto, recently assumed a mentoring role in this rising young star’s career. Steeped in the finest Italian vocal and interpretative traditions, Ms. Miranda has appeared to great acclaim as Violetta, in “La Traviata”, Gilda in “Rigoletto”, Nedda in “I Pagliacci”, and Micaela in “Carmen” among others.
Venezuelan born tenor, Jorge Alexander, makes his bow as the American Navy Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. This talented tenor began his training in Venezuela. Since moving to the United States he studied for several years in Charleston with Mary Gould before moving on to teachers in NYC. Jorge has performed many times at South of Broadway Theatre, and in televised concerts from the Charleston Coliseum and Baltimore City Hall, in Maryland where he now makes his home. He is delighted to be back in Charleston and making his debut as Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly”.
The role of the American Consul, Sharpless, is sung by Nathan Matticks. A graduate from The College of Charleston with a BM in Vocal Performance. Nathan is pleased to be reprising the role of Sharpless which he sang last season with Teatro Lirico d’Europa. Critically acclaimed for his ‘suave baritone” (Broadway World) and “sonorous, full-voiced” singing (Parterre) this rapidly rising baritone already has a long roster of roles including the title role in “Rigoletto”, Valentin in “Faust”, and the title role in Don Giovanni. His 2018-2019 season includes debuts in “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia” as Figaro” and in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, as Renato.
Charleston favorite, Mezzo-Soprano, Esther Williams will perform the role of Suzuki. She graduated cum laude from Furman University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She is an active soloist and recitalist throughout the Southeast, appearing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Charleston, and Charleston Chamber Opera. In the inaugural season of Chamber Music Charleston, Ms. Williams was the featured vocal soloist in recital at Juilliard School of Music. Ms. Williams is a prize winner of the SC Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for two consecutive years, and is beyond excited to make her Charleston opera debut as Suzuki.
Presenting Sponsor is Blackbaud
Premier Sponsors include: Dockery’s Restaurant, Fox Audio Visual, Low Country Audio/Visual
La Diva Sponsor: Bin526
Three performances only: January 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are $35.00, in pre-sale and $45.00 day of performance.
All performances are at Blackbaud: 2000 Daniel Island Dr, Charleston, SC 29492