A free Education & Community Engagement program

Lecture  |  Madama Butterfly: Beauty in Betrayal

Timothy Urban

Professor of Music
Rider University

Saturday June 2 at 2 pm
West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library
333 N. Post Road, Princeton Junction

free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library


Thursday June 14 at 7 pm
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by The Princeton Public Library

From the haunting humming chorus to the incomparable “Un bel di,” Puccini lavished some of his most sublime music on the tragic betrayal of Madama Butterfly. Come explore the music behind Butterfly’s heart-rending pathos. Puccini incorporates elements of traditional Japanese songs into the score, as well as snippets of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to musically depict the cultural chasm separating the two protagonists.

» Read more about The Princeton Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly

Timothy Urban

Timothy Urban holds a M.M. degree in voice and recorder performance; a M.F.A. degree in early music performance practice; a M.A. degree in music theory and history; and a Ph.D. in musicology, specializing in music of the Italian seicento. He has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals, lectured, and guest conducted across the United States and internationally but most importantly, year after year, Princeton Festival patrons find Dr. Urban’s lectures on our opera’s music and plot essential to their enjoyment of the performance.