The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Northern Lights Music Festival performance of Madama Butterfly at Chisholm High School Auditorium on Sunday, July 17th at 3:00 p.m. OR at Washington Elementary School Auditorium on Monday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. This performance features conductor Gavriel Heine.

One of Puccini’s most beloved operas, filled with recognizable music, Madama Butterfly tells the story of the Japanese Geisha, Cio-Cio San, who enters into a marriage with an American Naval Officer, Lt. Pinkerton, in 1912 in Nagasaki. Pinkerton seeks a temporary wife, she trusts that he will return to her, especially to be a real father to their child. When his ship returns to Nagasaki Harbor after a three-year absence, he brings with him his American wife. The tragic ending is one of the most heart wrenching scenes in the operatic repertoire.

Pick up your tickets at the public libraries in these communities: Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Chisholm, Cloquet, Duluth, Ely, Gilbert, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Mt. Iron, Silver Bay, and Virginia. At the last minute, free tickets may still be available at the Chisholm and Ely Public Libraries.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at

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