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by Giacomo Puccini
In Italian with SURTITLES ™ projected above the stage

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including 1 intermission.

In Nagasaki at the turn of the 20th century, a pleasure-seeking American naval officer named Pinkerton leases a house and marries a young geisha. He is only briefly enchanted with his “Butterfly”, but she is totally and forever committed to the marriage. When he abandons her and then, years later, returns to claim their child, Butterfly is devastated and makes a supreme sacrifice, in devotion to her ancestors. 

Puccini’s incomparably gorgeous opera never fails to give audiences a deep emotional experience. 

Directed by Michael Cavanagh | Conducted by Leslie Dala


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Un bel di vedremo
Performed By: Ana Maria Martinez and the Prague Philharmonia
Conducted by: Steven Mercurio
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Cast and Creative Team

Conducted by Leslie Dala

Leslie Dala

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Rigoletto, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Musical Dramaturge / Conductor, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Così fan tutte with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Madama Butterfly with Saskatoon Opera
The Magic Flute with Edmonton Opera
Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream with UBC Opera
St. Matthew Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir
Steve Reich at 80 at Massey Hall, Toronto produced by Soundstreams

Learn more about Leslie Dala

Directed by Michael Cavanagh

Michael Cavanagh

Winnipeg, MB

Last VO Appearance:
Director, Nixon in China, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Lucia di Lammermoor with San Francisco Opera
Carmen with Minnesota Opera
L’Italiana in Algieri with Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Upcoming Engagements:
Svadba – Wedding with San Francisco Opera
Nixon in China with Royal Swedish Opera
Falstaff with Manitoba Opera

Pinkerton (March 5, 10, 12 performances) Richard Troxell

Richard Troxell
Pinkerton (March 5, 10, 12)

Thurmont, MD

Last VO Appearance: 
Don Jose in Carmen, 2014

Recent Appearances:
Borsa in Rigoletto with the Metropolitan Opera
Don Jose in Carmen with Calgary Opera
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera Tampa
Guest singer on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon
Newly released CD “Classic Broadway” available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby

Upcoming Engagements:
Renato di Rossi in Do I Hear a Waltz with Broadway Encores and the NYC City Center
Pablo Neruda in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga
Don Jose in Carmen with Mississippi Opera
Rodolfo in La bohème with Knoxville Opera

Learn more about Richard Troxell

Pinkerton (March 6, 11, 13 performances) Adam Luther

Adam Luther
Pinkerton (March 6, 11, 13)

Corner Brook, NL

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Cassio in Otello with Pacific Opera Victoria
Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Saskatoon Opera
Tamino in The Magic Flute with Edmonton Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Tamino in The Magic Flute with Calgary Opera
Alfredo Germont in La traviata at FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières
Rodolfo in La bohème with Minnesota Opera

Learn more about Adam Luther

Goro Julius Ahn

Julius Ahn

Seoul, South Korea

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Dr. Blind [cover] in Die Fledermaus with The Metropolitan Opera
Pong [cover] in Turandot with The Metropolitan Opera
Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Hawaii Opera Theatre
Pang in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Michigan Opera Theatre
Pang in Turandot with Opera Philadelphia
Goro in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera

Learn more about Julius Ahn

Suzuki Allyson McHardy

Allyson McHardy

Oshawa, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Olga in Eugene Onegin, 2009

Recent Engagements:
Ruggiero in Alcina with Opera Atelier
Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking with Opéra de Montréal
Sarah in Roberto Devereux with Canadian Opera Company

Upcoming Engagements:
Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Symphony Nova Scotia
Julie in Louis Riel with the Canadian Opera Company

Learn more about Allyson McHardy

Sharpless Gregory Dahl

Gregory Dahl

Winnipeg, MB

Last VO Appearance:
Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Canadian Opera Company
Tomsky in Queen of Spades with English National Opera
Macbeth with Kentucky Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
George in Of Mice and Men with Manitoba Opera
Max in Shalimar the Clown with Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Learn more about Gregory Dahl

Cio-Cio-San (March 5, 10, 12 performances) Mihoko Kinoshita

Mihoko Kinoshita
Cio-Cio-San (March 5, 10, 12)

Houston, TX

Last VO Appearance:
Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at Royal Albert Hall
Leonore in Fidelio with Rohme Theatre, Kyoto
Hana in The Memory Stone with Houston Grand Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Tosca with Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre
Requiem (Verdi) with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
Requiem (Dvorák) with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra

Learn more about Mihoko Kinoshita

Cio-Cio-San (March 6, 11, 13 performances) Jee Hye Han

Jee Hye Han
Cio-Cio-San (March 6, 11, 13)

Seoul, Korea / Vienna, Austria

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Turandot with the Vienna Volksoper
Leonora in Il trovatore in Hong Kong
Turandot with Budapest Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Turandot with Grand Theatre Lodz, Poland
Performances of Turandot, Elisabeth in Tannhaeuser and Brünnhilde

Learn more about Jee Hye Han

Cio-Cio-San's cousin Julia Rooney

Julia Rooney
Cio-Cio-San’s Cousin

Calgary, AB

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief with Fear No Opera, Victoria
Soloist in Operettennachmittag with the German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
Adriana in The Boys from Syracuse with Applause Musicals
Zerlina in Don Giovanni with ViVace Opera Workshop

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in Evita with Vancouver Opera
Mary Phagan in Parade with Opera Nuova

Learn more about Julia Rooney

Cio-Cio-San's mother Dionne Sellinger

Dionne Sellinger
Cio-Cio-San's Mother

Swift Current, SK

Last VO Appearance:
Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Zulma in l’italiana in Algeri with Calgary Opera
Peep Bo in The Mikado with Edmonton Opera
Nancy in Albert Herring with Opera on the Avalon

Upcoming Engagements:
Kate/Suzuki in a workshop of Tom Pinkerton: The Ballad of Butterfly’s Son (David MacIntyre), in association with
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and SFU

Yakuside, Cio-Cio-San's uncle Adam Kozak


North Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Plum seller in La bohème, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Chorus in Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Opera
Chorus in Carmen with Vancouver Opera
Chorus in Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in Evita with Vancouver Opera

Cio-Cio-San's aunt Barbara Towell

Barbara Towell
Cio-Cio-San’s Aunt

Thunder Bay, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Symphony No 9 (Beethoven) with Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra
Teacher / Student in Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Opera for Everyone with Quintessence, BC Tour
Recital with Oak Bay Music

Upcoming Engagements:
Chorus in Evita with Vancouver Opera

The Imperial Commissioner / Prince Yamadori Alan Macdonald

Alan Macdonald
Imperial Commissioner / Prince Yamadori /Sharpless Understudy

Halifax, NS

Last VO Appearance:
Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) with Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra
Janitor / Chris / Jeff / Dick in Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Figaro in The Barber of Barkerville with Vancouver Opera In Schools

Upcoming Engagements:
Jesus in St. Matthew Passion (Bach) with Vancouver Bach Choir
Gervasio / Chichibio / Allazim in The Lost Operas of Mozart with City Opera Vancouver

The Official Registrar Kevin Armstrong

Official Registrar

Nelson, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Chorus in Rigoletto, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Cerberus in KHAOS (World Premiere) with Amy Ferguson Institute
Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar with Thunerseespiele, Switzerland
Opera for Heathens solo performance at the Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe Festivals

Upcoming Engagements:
Ensemble in Evita with Vancouver Opera
Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Calgary Concert Opera

Learn more about Kevin Armstrong

The Bonze Jeremy Bowes

Jeremy Bowes
The Bonze

Victoria, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Lodovico in Otello with Pacific Opera Victoria
General Audebert in Silent Night with Opéra de Montréal
Warden Benton in Dead Man Walking with Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden

Kate Pinkerton Eden Tremayne

Eden Tremayne
Kate Pinkerton

Langley, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Lucinda in Dark Sisters, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Countess Ceprano / Page / Gilda Understudy in Rigoletto, 2015
The Four Note Opera with Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, with Vivave!
Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with UBC Opera
Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore with Opera NUOVA

Upcoming Engagements:
Mistress (understudy) in Evita with Vancouver Opera
Violetta Valery in La traviata with Jeunesses Musicales, Montreal

Sorrow Vera Frederickson

Vera Frederickson
Sorrow (March 6, 11, 13)

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

After a wonderful two years of Family Montessori preschool, Vera is now attending Kindergarten at Saint Patrick’s Elementary. Vera is in her second year of piano lessons at Music for Young Children and enjoys her time creating at Arts Umbrella in painting and drawing, sculpture, mixed media, dress up drama and creative movement. She is five years old.

  Clara Griesdale

Clara Griesdale
Sorrow (March 5, 10, 12)

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Clara is in her third year of Montessori Preschool in East Vancouver. She has been playing violin for a year and a half and is a student at Phoenix Gymnastics and the Goh Ballet Academy. Clara will be turning 5 during the run of Madama Butterfly and is excited to be on stage with Vancouver Opera.

Chorus Director / Assistant Conductor Kinza Tyrrell


Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Conductor / Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Conductor, Dark Sisters with Vancouver Opera
Visiting Master Teacher with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program
Music Director, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director, Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Lincoln Trio concert @Silk Purse
German Diction Coach / Assistant Conductor at Opera Kelowna
CD recording for Ukrainian Art Song Project at CBC Toronto

Dr. Tyrrell is the Head Coach of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program and guest faculty at the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Nuova and Opera Kelowna.

Production Designer Patrick Clark

Patrick Clark
Production Designer
Fredericton, NB

Last VO Appearance:
Scenic & Costume Designer, Albert Herring, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Good People with Manitoba Theatre
Beaux Stratagem with Stratford Festival
Tartuffe with the National Theatre Centre, Ottawa
The Mousetrap with Theatre Aquarius
The Norman Conquests with Soulpepper Theatre
Private Lives with Theatre New Brunswick

Mr. Clark is Theatre New Brunswick’s Resident Set and Costume Designer. He is the recipient of the 2011 New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts and of five Robert Merritt Awards for outstanding set and costume design.

Lighting Designer Harry Frehner

Harry Frehner
Lighting Designer

Calgary, AB

Last VO Appearance:
Don Giovanni, 2014

Recent Appearances:
Die tote Stadt with Calgary Opera
Lakme with Calgary Opera
Nixon in China with Wide Open Opera (Dublin)
One Man Two Guv’nors with Theatre Calgary
Charlotte’s Web with Alberta Theatre Projects

Upcoming Engagements:
The Magic Flute with Calgary Opera

Projection Designer Sean Niewenhuis
Associate Wig Designer Susan Manning


Cloverdale, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Associate Wig Designer, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Associate Wig Designer, Dark Sisters with Vancouver Opera
Assistant Wig Designer, Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera
Wigmaker with Stacey Butterworth Wig Creations
Make-Up Artist with Make-up Creations
Little Mermaid

Musical Preparation Tina Chang

Tina Chang
Musical Preparation

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Apperance:
Musical Preparation, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Vancouver Island Recital Tour with mezzo-soprano Barbara Towell
Assistant Conductor & Principal Répétiteur, Dark Sisters
Répétiteur, Rigoletto

Upcoming Engagements:
Pianist & Coach with UBC Summer Vocal Workshop
Répétiteur, Herculanum with Wexford Festival Opera
Répétiteur, Il Campanello with Wexford Festival Opera

Stage Manager Theresa Tsang

Theresa Tsang
Stage Manager

Brandon, MB

Last VO Appearance:
Stage Manager, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Stage Manager, Sweeney Todd and Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Opera
Stage Manager, Guglielmo Ratcliff with Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland
Faculty Stage Manager, 2014 & 2015 Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century with The Banff Centre
Faculty Stage Manager, 2011 – 2013, Opera as Theatre Program with The Banff Centre
Stage Manager, Gathering Light (National Tour) with Raven Spirit Dance

Upcoming Engagements:
Faculty Stage Manager, Opera Program – The Rape of Lucretia with The Banff Centre
Stage Manager, Maria de Rudenz with Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland
Stage Manager, Otello with Vancouver Opera

Ms. Tsang is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Marijka Asbeek Brusse, Melania Radelicki, and Apprentice Stage Manager Michelle Harrison.

Assistant Director Brenna Corner *

Brenna Corner
Assistant Director

High River, AB

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Director, Dark Sisters, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Assistant Director, Rigoletto, 2015
Director, The Four Note Opera and Le Docteur Miracle with Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Director, Cendrillon and La clemenza di Tito with Manitoba Underground Opera
Director, Béatrice et Bénédict with Fraser Lyric Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Assistant Director, Carmen with The Canadian Opera Company
Assistant Director, La bohème with Glimmerglass Opera Festival

More about Brenna Corner

* Member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program