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Palmetto Opera presents Madama Butterfly



On Sunday, January 29, at 3 p.m., The Palmetto Opera will bring its fullscale production of the grand opera Madama Butterfly to the Koger Center for the Arts featuring an international cast. Tickets are available from the Koger Center Box Office at 803- 251- 2222 or at

One of the best loved of Puccini’s operas, Madama Butterfly will be performed in the original Italian with English super titles projected above the stage.

A classic tale of tragedy, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most famous operas ever written. It follows the unforgettable story of a young Japanese woman who falls in love with United States Navy Lieutenant Pinkerton. This is a story of immature love, new life, death, and remorse.

Madama Butterfly’s captivating melodies and classic story are what make it a cornerstone of opera today. With famous arias as “Un bel dí, vedremo,” Madama Butterfly will be appreciated by opera lovers and newcomers alike.

The opera is approximately two hours and 30 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission

The Palmetto Opera, founded in 2001, is in its 11th season of full opera productions. It incorporates Midlands-area opera professionals and students in its opera productions, and concerts. Monthly Opera Thursday performances are performed the first two Thursdays of every month and feature local and regional opera singers. Performances are at Villa Tronco restaurant in Columbia and other venues throughout the year. The Palmetto Opera’s educational program for high schools gives students an introduction to the world of opera and the experience of live grand opera. For more information, please visit

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