Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel
OKLAHOMA CITY – Another creative collaboration to sustain world-quality arts and entertainment offerings in and around Oklahoma City will come to Rose State College’s Hudiburg Chevrolet Center this weekend. This Saturday evening, June 26 at 7:30 p.m., it’s time for Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” – aptly characterized as “heartbreaking and beautiful.”
Rose State promoters declared the story is one that “has entranced audiences for generations. From the exquisite tone-painting of Puccini’s orchestration to the evocative melodies to its engaging musical character development, Madama Butterfly shows Puccini at his most skilled.” Puccini considered it “the most felt and most expressive opera that I have conceived,” asserting his belief that the “music of this opera was dictated to me by God.”
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Painted Sky’s own Tenor, Joel Burcham, plays Pinkerton, the callous lover – opposite internationally renowned superstar soprano Jinwon Park in the title role. Other production notes: “Baritone Jacob Lassetter appears as Sharpless after performances with Union Avenue Opera, Marble City Opera, Annapolis Opera, and Winter Opera St. Louis. OKC area performers mezzo-soprano Catherine McDaniel (Suzuki), baritone Andre Chiang (The Bonze/Yamadori), and tenor Jeffrey Picon (Goro) all return to Painted Sky Opera.”
Maestro Jan McDaniel will lead the musical accompaniment.
Briefly, the Painted Sky staff: Barbara DeMaio (Executive Director), Rob Glaubitz (Artistic Director), Becky McGuigan (Costume Director), Jan McDaniel (Music Director), Scott Hynes (Technical Director), Jill Burcham (Educational Director), Joe Fitzgerald (Associate Music Director), Lauren Hiemstra (Stage Manager), Matthew Sykes (Assistant Technical Director), and Danielle Herrington (Graphic Designer and Marketing).
The board of directors for Painted Sky, Oklahoma City’s professional opera troupe, are: Laura Wardwell (President), Pamela Richman (Secretary), Terry Bradfield (Treasurer – interim), and members Kari Barber, Ashley Blazeck, Riley Cleaver, Ronna Davis, Larry Foster, Dr. Greg Krempl, Lisa Reagan Love, Becky McGuigan, Emily Remmert and Cindy Ruffel.
The Painted Sky Opera Board of Directors was formed in September 2015 with Joel Burcham as the founding president of the board.