Sunday, October 30, 2011

Opera York Warms Up November!

There's no need to mope about the end of summer when opera season begins! 

For immediate release,

October  29, 2011


Madama Butterfly on stage at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.


York Region, On…Opera York in its 15th season proudly presents the production of Madama Butterfly, at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts.  The opera opens on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm and has a second performance on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm.  This year Opera York is offering student pricing at $25.00 a ticket.


Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini.  In 1904, A U.S. Naval officer named Pinkerton casually marries a 15 year old Japanese girl nicknamed Butterfly who is totally entranced by him. After several weeks Pinkerton leaves with his ship intending to find his American wife when he gets home.  Unknown to Pinkerton, Butterfly has his son and waits faithfully for Pinkerton to return.  Finally, three years later Pinkerton does return but with his American wife.  When Butterfly discovers this, she is devastated.  She takes the sword her father used to commit suicide and after a tragic farewell to her son, takes her own life just as Pinkerton rushes into the room to save her.



Opera York’s artistic director for Madama Butterfly is Sabatino Vacca. Deirdre Fulton is playing Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly).  Suzuki is played by Louisa Cowie, and B. F. Pinkerton is played by Romulo Delgado.

Deirdre Fulton, new to the Opera York team, has been praised in Opera Canada for her “outstanding voice” and “powerful presence”. Deirdre has been touring throughout China since 2009 with Opera Juenesse and performed in Graz and Wiez, Austria under conductor Edoardo Müller.  

Romulo Delgado returns to the Opera York team after his European debut in Austria 2011 singing Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen at the Opern Air Festpiele in Gars am Kamp. In 2010 he sang the role of the Duke of Mantua in Opera York’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto and the review spoke of a striking lyric tenor sound that is “powerful and smooth with an ingratiating Italianate tone.” (Opera Canada) 


Opera York received the RAVE award from the City of Vaughan 2010.  This award was given to the company for its role in education and mentoring young artists.


To find out more about the production of Madama Butterfly or Opera York please visit their website at 


Madama Butterfly

November 3, 2011, at 8:00 pm

November 5, 2011, at 8:00 pm

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (10268 Yonge Street)

Tickets $40 - $50, Students $25

Box Office:  (905) 787-8811 or go to



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