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How is MADAMA BUTTERFLY relevant to contemporary cultural conversations in 2023?

January 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Palm Beach Opera is hosting a series of panel discussions to explore the humanities-driven questions related to opera performances in their 2023 season. The first discussion will feature Puccini’s masterpiece “Madama Butterfly.” This production inspires mixed reactions among scholars and those in the opera industry because of the composer’s depiction of Japanese culture and characterization of the central character, Cio-Cio-San. Panelists will explore the possibilities of sensitive, nuanced interpretation of the opera’s drama, sources, history, and meanings.

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will provide parking vouchers for the City Center Garage each day of the week for patrons who attend library programs to cover the first two hours of parking. To receive a parking voucher, library users must present a parking ticket for the City Center Garage located at 199 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with the Palm Beach Opera.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

January 13 @ 1:00 pm -
January 13 @ 2:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Ya-Hui Cheng, Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the School of Music of the University of South Florida; Wendy Lo, Curator of Education at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens; and David Walker, General & Artistic Director of Palm Beach Opera
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Event Contact:

Catherine Hughes
(561) 835-7757

Event Venue:

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
411 Clematis St
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
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Venue Phone:
(561) 835-7577

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