Image of Madama ButterflyPerformances this weekend by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra of Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” boast connections to the University of Windsor.

Alumna to direct opera with symphony orchestra

UWindsor alumna Erin Armstrong (BMus 2007) will direct performances this weekend of Madama Butterfly, one of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest works and one of the most popular operas in the world.

The tragic story of a geisha who falls in love with a U.S. naval officer, the opera will be presented in a concert version by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on Friday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 19, at the Capitol Theatre.

Chorus master Bruce Kotowich will lead the University of Windsor Chamber Choir and University Singers.

Friday’s show begins with a talk at 6:30 p.m. and the concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s pre-concert talk is at 1:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at 121 University Ave. W., or over the phone at 519-973-1238, ext. 2.