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madame butterfly 

A signature work for Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch since its creation in 1995,   Madame Butterfly depicts the story of a beautiful Japanese geisha who gives up her faith and her family to marry an American naval lieutenant. Set to Puccini’s powerful score with exquisite costumes and sets by Peter Farmer, Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly is a stunning achievement in neoclassical ballet that has been an international success, with performances on three continents. Opening the program is Welch’s Son of Chamber Symphony, a deconstruction of classical ballet set to music by John Adams.


At 7:30 pm on September 22, 24, 30, October 1, 2016

At 2:00 pm on September 25, October 1, 2, 2016 


Music by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), arrangement by John Lanchbery (1923-2003)
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Scenic and Costume Designs by Peter Farmer
Lighting Design by Lisa J. Pinkham


Houston Ballet Premiere
Music by John Adams, Son of Chamber Symphony
Choreography by Stanton Welch
Costume Design by Travis Halsey
Lighting Design and Scenic Concept by Jack Mehler