Indianapolis Opera presents ‘Wings of Love’


The Indianapolis Opera will present a virtual night of celebration called “Wings of Love” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The event will feature world-class performers such as tenor Ganson Salmon and bass/baritone Rafael Porto, along with the talented Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists.

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Performers will sing songs from popular musicals and operas. Virtual guests also will have an opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items starting Oct. 12 and closing at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Salmon is an Indianapolis Opera Resident Artist alumni from 2016. Porto was most recently a headliner at Opera at the Park.

The Indianapolis Opera is providing the event free. However, Indianapolis Opera officials are requesting each guest to consider making a donation of $250, the cost of an Opera Ball ticket, to support the ongoing programs of the Indianapolis Opera such as the Resident Artists Program.

Tickets are on sale for a 90-minute live, staged broadcast showcase performance of “Madame Butterfly” at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 from the Basile Opera Center. Admission is $15 per household.

The show will feature Salmon as Pinkerton, soprano Hayley Lipke as Madame Butterfly and Maestro Alfred Savia as principal guest conductor.

“Madame Butterfly,” a powerful opera, is about an enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, who loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three years for his return. The audience shares her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he’s married an American woman and has come to take his young son, Cio-Cio-San’s child, back with him.

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