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Madama Butterfly Tickets

November 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

November 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

UNCG Auditorium
408 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC

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The Cast of Madama Butterfly

Jill Gardner (Cio-Cio-San)


Recognized as a "lyrico spinto, Puccini girl through and through," American Soprano Jill Gardner has received critical acclaim for her many portrayals of the leading ladies of the verismo repertoire as well as contemporary heroines. With over 50 performances of her signature role of Tosca, Ms. Gardner has appeared with such notable companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Carolina, Michigan Opera Theater and Hawai'i Opera Theater. She has also appeared on the concert stage with such ensembles as the Washington Chorus, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Wichita Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony, as well as the Binghamton Philharmonic. For the 2017-2018 season, she makes anticipated company debuts with Virginia Opera as Minnie in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West and with Opera Tampa as Lady MacBeth in Verdi's MacBeth. Future seasons will see Ms. Gardner make her Greensboro Opera debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly, return to Virginia Opera as Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene and sing selected arias and excerpts from Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Binghamton Philharmonic. read more »

David Pershall (Sharpless)


Featured as one of opera’s 25 Rising Stars in Opera News, American Baritone David Pershall has been seen at some of the world’s foremost theaters including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Washington National Opera. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 2015 as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, which he quickly followed with performances in 2016 as Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Schaunard in La Bohème, a role he will reprise at the Met in 2018.

Mr. Pershall has been seen at the Vienna State Opera as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sebastian in The Tempest, and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut. He made his role debut as Lord Nottingham in Roberto Devereux at Carnegie Hall for which he was hailed as "passionate and resonant" by The New York Times.

Greensboro Opera is proud to welcome back one of our audience's favorite artists! read more »

Cody Austin (Pinkerton)


American tenor Cody Austin is quickly becoming one of the most promising singing actors of his age. Most recent engagements include Alfredo in La Traviata with Pittsburgh Opera, Don José in Carmen with Sarasota Opera, Pinkerton in Madama Buttefly with Pa Skaret Opera in Sweden, and his Carnegie Hall debut, where he performed the new Requiem by Michael Glasgow.

Recent credits include the Duke in Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara, Alfredo for Utah and Virginia Opera, where he also sang the title role in Roméo et Juliette, as well as Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera and Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera Grand Rapids. Future engagements include his debut with Grange Park Opera as Rodolfo and a return to Pittsburgh Opera as Pinkerton. read more »

Stephanie Foley Davis (Suzuki)


Stephanie Foley Davis was praised by The New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut as "a poised, touching Ma Moss" and Opera News said she was "a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence." About her role debut of Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre's production of Werther, Cleveland Classical said, "...Foley Davis and Culver were terrific in their singing and in delineating their sadness." Ms. Davis performed Suzuki in Piedmont Opera's Madama Butterfly, opposite Jill Gardner's Cio-Cio-San and was Mercedes in Greensboro Opera's 2017 Carmen, in which she covered the title role. Other engagements include appearances with Nashville Opera, North Carolina Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Carolina, and Orlando Philharmonic. Stephanie was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the North Carolina District and received an Encouragement Award at the Southeast Region Finals. Ms. Davis created the role of Flo in the world premiere of Libby Larsen's Picnic, commissioned by the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her Master of Music degree with Dr. Robert Wells. read more »

Jacob Ryan Wright (Goro)


Jacob Ryan Wright made his debut with Piedmont Opera last March as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and this summer joins Opera Saratoga, covering the role of Oscar in The Rocking Horse Winner and Hans' Sachs Trainer in Vinkensport. Other recent credits include the roles of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos. Greensboro Opera audiences will remember him as Le Remendado in 2017's Carmen. Mr. Wright has also appeared with Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera Des Moines Metro Opera, the North Carolina Opera and the Asheville Lyric Opera. read more »

Donald Hartmann (Bonze)


Donald Hartmann is a Greensboro Opera mainstay and audience favorite whose appearances as Sulpice in La fille du régiment, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and Zuniga in Carmen were highlights of each production. This summer, Mr. Hartmann makes his Opera North (NH) debut as Dr. Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the role which he sang for Greensboro Opera last January. In 2018-19 he will sing with nearly every opera company in North Carolina, including Opera Carolina, Piedmont Opera and North Carolina Opera, in addition to appearing as our Bonze. He made two very important national debuts in the 2016-17 season: his Central City Opera debut as both William Jennings Bryan in the 60th Anniversary Production of The Ballad Baby Doe and the Sacristan in Tosca, the role in which he made his New York City Opera debut in the company's return to Lincoln Center. He has been described as possessing a "big, rich voice with an amazing timbre," interpretative abilities as "hearty and dramatic" and as "one of the best character singers on any opera stage anywhere." read more »

Ryan Hill (Yamadori)


Ryan Hill has been hailed by reviewers as possessing a "deep and voluminous baritone" and a voice which "rang vibrantly throughout the hall." This season, Ryan returns to Greensboro Opera to sing Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and a role debut, singing Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Barn Opera in Brandon, Vermont. Recently, Ryan has performed with Greensboro Opera as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pensacola Opera as Innkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha and Piedmont Opera as William Dale in Silent Night. Highlights from previous seasons include Tony Esposito in The Most Happy Fella, Ford in Falstaff, the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance and Lanceotto Malatesta in Rachmaninov's Francesca da Rimini.

He has participated in Young Artist programs with Miami Music Festival, Opera Naples, Natchez Festival of Music, Russian Opera Workshop, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater and Seagle Music Colony, and is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Miami (FL). read more »

Katie Horn-Pershall (Kate Pinkerton)


Katie Horn-Pershall won the Fielder Grant for Vocal Career Advancement Competition, Lake Regions Opera Finalist Winner, Winner of the Glennis McCrary Study Abroad Scholarship, First place winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal competition and Distinguished Young Women Overall National Talent Winner. Her operatic credits include the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, appearing across from her husband, David, who sang Schicchi.

Ms. Horn-Pershall is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has been featured on Inside Edition, ESPN, TNT, and New York Magazine. She has performed recitals with former Dean of Indiana University School of Music, Dr. Charles Webb, former Dean of Julliard, Stephen Clapp, Julliard professor, composer Wayne Oquin, and film composer Matt Veligdan. Katie has been featured as a soloist at NYC's Cotton Club, NYC Heart Run and Walk, The Wednesday Morning Music Club of Austin, Music in Salado, Inc., The National Black Theater in Harlem, The Laity Lodge Retreat Center, TX. and The Socrates Society of NYC. She can be heard on the movie soundtrack, The Fuzz and was a member of the Bronx Opera, Virginia Opera Chorus and performed opera outreach with Connecticut Opera Theater.

Stage Director




Chorus Master


David Holley
Artistic Director


Steven Byess


James Bumgardner

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