Thursday, March 10, 2016

"The Death of Tamaki Miura: Performing Madama Butterfly in Occupied Japan" - Lecture by Kunio Hara, University of South Carolina

On April 9, 1946, less than eight months after the conclusion of World War II, Japanese soprano Tamaki Miura (1884-1946) made excerpted recording of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. However, Miura, who had been suffering from cancer that wreaked havoc on her voice and body, was unable to produce a result she wanted.  Her performance, broadcast across Japan on the radio, was to be her last.

Learn about what drove Miura to take on this seemingling impossible task at the end of her life and how her dying voice resonated with a Japanese pubilc reeling from the the afternath of a brutal war.

Where: Collins Lecture Hall, MUS 217
When: Thursday, March 17, 4p.m.

Sponsored by the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance

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