Opera Omaha bringing back Madama Butterfly, designed by Kaneko: Omaha World-Herald Preview

A production of “Madama Butterfly” designed by noted Omaha artist Jun Kaneko stunned and delighted audiences when Opera Omaha debuted it in 2006.

It’s now returning to the city for the first time since 2011 for two performances this weekend. Joseph Rescigno is conductor and Leslie Swackhamer is the director.

The story of Giacomo Puccini’s opera is a familiar one: An innocent young Japanese woman falls in love with an American naval officer with tragic consequences that prompt her to sacrifice what she loves most. It’s one of the most popular operas of all time.