"'Madame Butterfly' was Salt Marsh Opera's first ever opera production and we're thrilled to bring it back to southeast connecticut to celebrate our 15th Anniversary," said Salt March Artistic Director Simon Holt, who described the opera.
The story takes place in Nagasaki, Japan, he
Young Cio-Cio San, known as Butterfly, adores her
Naval Officer B.F. Pinkerton.
Though their wedding night is filled with tender bliss, Butterfly has no idea Pinkerton wants to marry 'a real American bride' when he
returns to the states.
Poor Butterfly subsists on the departed Pinkerton's vows for three lonely years, longing for his
"But when the day arrives, Butterfly's dreams are ... well, you just have to come and find out!"
Holt, the opera company's founder, and the executive director of the United Theatre in Westerly, has conducted numerous operas, operettas and musicals throughout his career, and has recorded and produced several CDs.
He is currently the director of music at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.
As founder of Salt Marsh Opera, he has been the company's music director since its inception in 2000, and became artistic director in 2005 and general manager in 2014.
Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1999, Holt was director of music at Bristol Cathedral School, the Bristol Cathedral School Choral Society, Bromsgrove Choral Society and the Birmingham University Chorus and Orchestra, with venues including Bristol Cathedral, Birmingham's Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London.
As an organist, Holt has performed in Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Selby Abby, St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Reading Town Hall and the Cathedrals of Norwich, Carlisle, Portsmouth, Wells, Canterbury, Rochester and Gloucester.
has toured extensively in Europe performing at St. Mark's in Venice, Sacré Coeur and Notre Dame
in Paris, and venues in Holland, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland.
has appeared several times on British and American radio and television.