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INO brings NY MET Opera Stars for Sept. 20 & 22 Production

Spokane – Inland Northwest Opera brings Madame Butterfly to Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for performances on September 20 at 7:30 pm and September 22 at 2:00 pm. Soprano Elizabeth Caballero will star as Cio-Cio-San and the role of Lieutenant Pinkerton will feature tenor Chad Shelton. Both appeared in the 2018/19 MET season. Mezzo-Soprano, Sandra Piques Eddy will appear as Suzuki, a regular with the MET. “Madame Butterfly speaks to the Japanese legacy of our region. This 1904 opera emerged with powerful messages on racial and cultural bias. It remains timeless.” said Dawn Wolski, General Director.

Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young Japanese maiden whose pride and honor are wounded by an American naval officer, leading to heartbreak and tragedy. Her dreams of immigrating to the U.S. with her new husband are never realized. This production, directed by Fenlon Lamb, will feature an innovative set design constructed by Papermoon Opera Productions. The unique lighting and projections will complete the dramatic effects for the highly stylized paper sets. Conductor Dean Williamson, who is entering his fourth season as Music Director of the Nashville Opera, returns to INO where he received his opera conducting debut.

Elizabeth Caballero last appeared in Spokane as Musetta in La bohème in 2015 and as a 2017 soloist for the Spokane Symphony in Verdi’s Requiem. Sandra Piques Eddy appeared in the title role and Chad Shelton was Don José for the 2017 production of Carmen in Spokane. Rounding out the cast is Cory McKern as Sharpless and Brandon Michael as Goro. Madame Butterfly is sung in Italian with English supertitles. A 30 minute pre-concert talk will be held one hour prior to theperformance. Tickets ranging from $23-$90 are on sale now at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox by calling 509 624 1200 or FoxTheaterSpokane.org