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M. Butterfly
Asia Society and the Santa Fe Opera’s 2020 Season proudly present the exclusive sitzprobe of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s new opera, M. Butterfly. Based on Hwang’s 1988 Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer-Prize finalist Broadway play, M. Butterfly is inspired by the true story of Rene Gallimard, a French diplomat who carried on a 20-year love affair with Song Liling, a Peking opera star with an astonishing secret that leads to Gallimard’s professional and personal ruin. The story’s many parallels with Puccini’s well-known Madama Butterfly are echoed in the new opera’s music, composed by the celebrated young Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo. Don’t miss this highly anticipated world preview of Broadway’s smash hit is transformed into operatic form.

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