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Elena Colegrove, 6, makes opera debut in Madama Butterfly Friday

Elena Colegrove, 6, left, rehearses her role as Sorrow with Mihoko Kinoshita, who has the part of Cio-Cio-San. Colegrove makes her opera debut in “Madama Butterfly” this weekend at Crouse-Hinds Theater.

Elena Colegrove, 6, left, rehearses her role as Sorrow with Mihoko Kinoshita, who has the part of Cio-Cio-San. Colegrove makes her opera debut in “Madama Butterfly” this weekend at Crouse-Hinds Theater. Provided

— Six-year-old Elena Colegrove of Syracuse, a kindergartner at Ed Smith Elementary School, will make her opera debut in Syracuse Opera’s production of “Madama Butterfly,” to be staged April 20 and 22 at Crouse-Hinds Theater. She’ll be playing the non-singing role of Sorrow (also known as Trouble, or Dolore in Italian), who is the son of Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) and Lt. B.F. Pinkerton.

Elena is the third generation of her family to perform in a Syracuse Opera production. Her mother, Marisa Guzman-Colegrove, and her grandfather, Michael Guzman, were dancers in “The Merry Widow.” Her mother has also been the choreographer for many Syracuse Opera productions, including this season’s “la Traviata” and “Carmina Burana.”

Elena has accompanied her mother to many rehearsals and enjoys opera very much. She says she is very excited to be part of the cast of “Madama Butterfly,” especially because it is her grandmother’s favorite opera.

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” tells the tragic story of Cio-Cio-San’s quest for happiness. Despite her efforts to accommodate the strange ways of her new American husband, Madama Butterfly is abandoned. When Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton returns to Japan after a three-year absence, he brings a new wife – an agonizing twist for Cio-Cio-San. Puccini’s powerful music conveys Madama Butterfly’s quiet joy, continued hope, and profound sorrow.

Syracuse Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in the Mulroy Civic Center’s Crouse-Hinds Theater.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased at the Syracuse Opera Box Office; 476-7372; syracuseopera.com.

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