Opera

Madame Butterfly

When: Sat., May 20, 8 p.m., Fri., May 26, 8 p.m., Thu., June 1, 8 p.m., Sat., June 3, 1 p.m., Wed., June 7, 8 p.m., Sun., June 11, 7 p.m., Wed., June 14, 1 p.m. and Sat., June 24, 8 p.m. 2017

Cio-Cio-San is in love with the brave Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and agrees to marry him. Unfortunately, Pinkerton doesn't have the best intentions; theirs is a marriage of convenience as far as he's concerned, one that will only last until he leaves Japan. When he does leave, Cio-Cio-San believes he'll return to her and the son Pinkerton unknowingly fathered, and that they'll be a happy family. That dream is not to be. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its new season with Giacomo Puccini's terribly sad Madame Butterfly at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.opera-stl.org). Madame Butterfly is performed seven more times in repertory through Saturday, June 24. Tickets are $50 to $129.

Paul Friswold

Price: $50 to $129