“Tea with Madama Butterfly” preview to wing its way into Ventfort Hall


Giacomo Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly will wing its way to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00 pm.

Berkshire Opera Festival General Director and Stage Director Jonathon Loy and Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Garman will make an appearance for a Tea & Talk in advance of the performances at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield for the premiere production on August 27 and 30 and September 2, 2016.

They will discuss all aspects of the opera and where it falls in the operatic repertoire in order to give the work a perspective. They will also break it down both musically and dramatically. In addition, Loy and Garman will speak about their roles as stage director and conductor.

Tickets for the Loy/Garman talk are $24 for advance reservations and members and $29 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, built in 1893, offers tours of the historic mansion, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions as the Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater, and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public year round and is available for private rental. Sarah Morgan was the sister of financier J. P. Morgan. Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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