Opera rehearsals are generally not open to everyone, but Julius Ahn gives us a look behind the curtain at rehearsals held in our Michael & Ginger Frost Production Center in mid-October. Julius debuts with Lyric Opera in one of his signature roles, as Goro in our November 2018 production of Madama Butterfly. This internationally acclaimed Korean-American tenor, who has been lauded as “brilliant” [Broadway World] and praised for his “golden-toned” voice [San Francisco Chronicle] with “unexpected stentorian power” [Boston Phoenix], is also a photographer. More about Julius at JuliusAhn.com.


Below: Suzuki (Kristen Choi, right) is dismayed by Butterfly’s refusal to move on after Pinkerton’s departure. With Karah Son as Butterfly (“Cio-Cio San”).


Next, A close-up of some of the the few possessions that Butterfly brings to her marriage with Pinkerton.



Director Ron Daniels (left) works with Karah Son as she prepares her ritual suicide.



Lyric Opera Resident Artist Kelly Birch, as a somber Kate Pinkerton.


Madama Butterfly
runs November 3, 7, 9 and 11, 2018 at the Kauffman Center. Tickets are $29 and up. Best availability is Wednesday, November 7.