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Madama Butterfly 2009


2-4 January 2009 (Fri-Sun)


7:30 pm (matinee show 2:30 pm on 4 Jan 09)


Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall

Puccini's popular three-act opera is a poignant tale of exotic love, betrayal, honour and sacrifice, and delivers a bittersweet experience of love and loss. The Opera Society of Hong Kong performed this full-scale opera for the second time, having first performed Madama Butterfly in 2002.

Mr Lo King-man, Producer/Director
Opera Society of Hong Kong, Raymond Fu, chorusmaster
Hong Kong Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Carmen Koon, conductor

A Musica Viva production.

The Cast
Nancy Yuen, Wu Guoling and Yuki Ip as Butterfly
Michael Wade Lee and David Robinson as Pinkerton
Deng Yun, Carol Lin and Chen Xiao as Suzuki
Brian Montgomery as Sharpless.

On a terrace above the harbour in Nagasaki, Japan, US Navy Lieutenant B F Pinkerton inspects the house he has leased from a marriage broker, Goro, who has procured him a geisha wife known as Madama Butterfly. For the moment, he is enchanted with the fragile Butterfly and intends to go through a marriage ceremony with her. However, in his mind, he will one day take a "real" American wife. Pinkerton returns to battle. Three years later, Butterfly still waits for her husband's return. One day, she discovers Pinkerton's ship entering the harbour. Delirious with joy, she dons her wedding gown and, with her son, waits for her husband's return. As dawn breaks, Pinkerton and his new wife Kate enter. Butterfly tearfully sobs a farewell to her son, then stabs herself.

Chorus of the Opera Society of Hong Kong
The Opera Society of Hong Kong was established in 1992 by a group of dedicated singers. The Society has since fulfilled its mission to actively promoting western opera, and vocal music in the community in Hong Kong, while maintaining an outstanding standard of performance. With the vision of keeping abreast with world-renowned choruses, the Chorus strives to attain a professional standard. Since its establishment, the Chorus has performed over 15 operas and a rich choral repertoire. The Chorus made its highly successful debut in the Mainland in 1999 and was invited by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra to join their Millennium Concerts in Dongguan and Guangzhou.  The Chorus has also worked with famous orchestras such as St. Martin in the Fields and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and performed with the Anonymous 4 for the film and music project Voices of Light - The Passion of Joan of Arc. In September 2004, the Chorus received high acclaims in the performance of opera Faust, which was presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. In 2005 and 2006 the Chorus was invited by the RTHK Radio 4 to participate in the Christmas Eve concerts 'Messiah in the Park' and the 'Season's Greetings in the Park', and performed Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria. The Opera Society places an emphasis on nurturing its members, who receive intensive training at rehearsals. Through their participation in opera and other productions, members also increase their understanding of the overall process of musical production and interpretation. In addition, through participating in various masterclasses with world-renowned soprano Barbara Bonney, bass Tian Haojiang and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos members broaden their exposure to operatic and musical training.

Chorusmaster: Raymond Fu
Rehearsal Pianist: Ronald Cheung
Petra Bach
Shirley Fu
Gladys Ho
Amy Lai
Lai Yuk-ling, Lilian
Lam Shui-yung, Winnie
Winnie Lee
Noel Leung
Mylthie Wong
Pancy Wong
Au Ho-yan, Agnes
Cheung Hoi-ki, Heidi
Cheung Kit-shan, Veronica
Ho Yuen-man, Flavia
Angel Man
Ng Wai-yi, Anna
Tang Ho-yee, Candy
Frances Wong
Yip Chi-Kwan, Yvonne
Yip Ching-yee, Mabel
Carrie Young

Chui Shing-yan, Janet
Fung Kong Hoi-yee, Selana
Lam Wai-yee, Maria
Law Pui-ha
Rita Leung
Bertha Lo
Wong Hoi-ke, Elfleda

Chan Kam-hung
Lam Lik-hin
Tam Chi-ho, Herbert
Wong Chi-lok
Yau Kai-chung
Yeung Yun-loong
Yeung Tat-ming, David

Cheng Ho-ching
Bill Kong
Albert Kwong
Li Yat-sing
Tang Sai-kin
David Yuen

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