Tickets Still Available for ‘Butterfly’ at Kennedy Center in Foggy Bottom

Madame Butterfly

A night at the opera: According to the Opera America organization, “Madame Butterfly” is performed more often than any other opera in the United States. The Kennedy Center production runs through March 19. (S Baker via Flickr)

There are some people whose idea of culture is a 12-pack of Budweiser, Buffalo wings and an evening of the USA Network, where characters are welcome.

For some others, it’s a hymn sing supper and fellowshipping with other believers. Still others like their bucket of fried chicken and sweet soul music, or maybe their tacos, rice and beans topped off by a Juan Manuel Marquez title fight.

All valid pursuits, but when the aesthete thinks of culture, his or her urbane little brain conjures up musicals and plays that celebrate the Western tradition’s highbrow canon, symphony orchestras, works of art … and of course, what every man fears being dragged to sometime in his life, the opera.

All joking aside, one such opera that’s considered a highpoint in the art form would be Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.” Luckily for the cultured renter in Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom in Northwest is currently hosting a production of “Madama Butterfly” performed by the San Francisco Opera.

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(And, yes, the San Francisco Opera spells it “Madama” instead of “Madame.” I think the reason is to stick it to lazy copyeditors. I don’t speak Italian, but I’m fairly certain Madama is the Italian version of Madame, which of course is the French version of Madam.)

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The first performance was February 26, but it’s running until March 19 (though that particular performance is sold out). As of now, there are still tickets left for the show’s other 11 performances taking place in the Center’s Opera House.

Tickets run from $55 to $300 (what do they think this is, a Rolling Stones concert?). Come to think of it, maybe this is why all the highly-cultured individuals go to the opera: They’re the only ones who can afford it!

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I don’t want to spoil the plot for you, but the tale concerns young American naval officer B.F. Pinkerton, who weds a naïve Japanese girl in Japan, then leaves her when his time in the country is over.

Non-aesthetes will likely recognize the name Pinkerton, for not only is it the name of the famous detective agency (now security agency Pinkerton Government Services) that hunted outlaw Jesse James and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, but it’s also the title of rock band Weezer’s sophomore record; “Madame Butterfly” was an inspiration for the album. Panned at first, today “Pinkerton” is generally considered a classic, much like the opera in question.

Even if you don’t live in Foggy Bottom, the Kennedy Center is easily accessible by car, bus or train.

So, come on out and live the good life. Find an apartment with Apartment Showcase.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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