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Summer opera: Puccini, Donizetti, Gilbert and Sullivan

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Madama Butterfly by Will Barnet
  • "Madama Butterfly" by Will Barnet

Opera in the Ozarks celebrates its 63rd season at Inspiration Point this summer with alternating performances of three favorites: Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," and Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance."

Young artists from all over the country will come to the training program near Eureka for the four-week season beginning June 21. (The company will also give three performances at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville.) Forty singers were chosen from the more than 250 who tried out. Thomas Cockrell is the artistic director.

In case you've forgotten the story lines, "Madama Butterfly" is a tragedy about a woman abandoned by her Anglo husband who wants to take their son from her, "The Elixir of Love" is a comedy about a love potion concocted by a traveling charlatan and "Pirates of Penzance" is typical byzantine G&S humor about pirates who want to marry noble ladies.

"Butterfly" will be performed June 21, 26 and 29 and July 3, 6, 9 and 17 at Inspiration Point and July 14 at the Arend center. "Elixir" will be performed June 25 and 28 and July 1, 5, 11, 13 and 19 at Inspiration Point and July 7 at the Arend Center. "Pirates of Penzance" dates are June 22 and 27 and July 2, 8, 10, 12 and 18 at Inspiration Point and June 30 at the Arend Center. All Inspiration Point performances start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 and $25. To purchase, go online or call 479-253-8595.

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