By Giacomo Puccini
- Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
- Running Time - 2 hours, 55 minutes with 1 intermission
An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he’s married an American woman and has come to take his young son—Cio-Cio-San’s child—back with him. Puccini lost his heart to his heroine, and so will you, in music of miraculous beauty and aching, deeply poignant dramatic truth.
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Meet The Artists
Ana María Martínez
Cio-Cio-San (Feb 6-29 & Mar 5 & 8)
Cio-Cio-San (Mar 4 & 7)
Pinkerton (Feb 6-29 & Mar 5 & 8)
Pinkerton (Mar 4 & 7)
Anthony Clark Evans†
Set and Costume Designer
Original Lighting Designer
Revival Lighting Designer
* Lyric debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
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Audio-Described Performance & Touch Tour
Sunday, February 9, 2020
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