FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2016

PUCCINI'S MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Saturday April 2 at 1pm

Broadcast simultaneously at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie & UPAC in Kingston

Kingston, NY) The Bardavon is pleased to continue The Met: Live in HD 2015/16 season with Puccini’s masterpiece MADAMA BUTTERFLY on Saturday, April 2 at 1pm broadcast simultaneously at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie and the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston.

Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role in Madama Butterfly to Live in HD screens for the first time, in Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed 2006 production. Roberto Alagna sings Lieutenant Pinkerton, the callous officer who crushes Butterfly’s dreams of love. Debuting conductor Karel Mark Chichon leads a cast that also includes Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.

PRE SHOW TALK: One half hour prior to curtain time, ticket-holders are invited to enjoy an insightful talk at the Bardavon or UPAC on the day's production lead by Leslie Gerber, who is a music teacher at Marist's Center for Lifetime Studies and author of all Hudson Valley Philharmonic playbill liner notes. For this broadcast, Leslie Gerber will be live at UPAC and Skype at Bardavon.

The generous corporate sponsor of The Met: Live in HD at the Bardavon and UPAC is Premier Medical Group. The Met: Live in HD is also made possible in part through generous support from the Jane Nuhn Charitable Trust. Additional support also comes from the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust and the Steve and Julia Dunwell and Benjamin R. Strong Opera Funds of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Tickets for MADAMA BUTTERFLY are $27 (Adults), $25 (Bardavon Member), and $20 (Children 12 and under) and are available at:

Bardavon Box Office
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
845.473.2072

Ypac Box Office
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY
845.339.6088

or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

The remaining MET LIVE 15-16 season broadcasts at Bardavon:

Strauss’ Elektra
April 30 – Bardavon – 1pm

Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux
May 7 – Bardavon -1pm - encore

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1515-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy. Visit www.bardavon.org

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