Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre to perform ‘Madama Butterfly’

“Butterfly” Dr. Maria Briggs, and "Pinkerton" Jonathan Yarrington

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre will present Puccini’s famous opera with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty and seniors and $5 for students.

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Q&A with Dr. Maria Briggs on her role as ‘Madama Butterfly’

Dr. Maria Briggs (Butterfly)

Every two years, music faculty at Fresno State take on the endeavor of producing a full-scale opera in the Fresno State Concert Hall. During the planning meetings, the faculty decided they would likely hire someone to play the role of Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly). That’s when assistant professor of voice Dr. Maria Briggs stepped in and offered to take on the challenge.

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Enjoy an evening of Iranian classical music at Fresno State

Iranian Classical Music

Fresno State’s Middle East Studies Lecture, Performance and Film Series, and Global Music Series presents “An Evening of Iranian Classical Music” featuring Behrouz Sadeghian playing the Santur, accompanied by Faramarz Amiri playing the Zarb and Daf at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 in the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB191).

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