"The original is the tragic beautiful story as told by the greatest opera composer of all time: Puccini." Vanessa Isiguen was a teenager when she first heard some of Madama Butterfly, the classic, early 20th-century opera penned by Giacomo Puccini. Isiguen's high school choir was performing a selection from the opera's famed humming chorus. "It was gorgeous," said Isiguen. "I ran home and asked my mother to play the full opera on our record player. I thought, 'Wow, this is incredible.'" Chaz'men Williams-Ali was even younger. "It was fourth grade for me. It was epic," he said. "Fast forward to when I was in college and I had a full appreciation of the opera. But it comes full circle back to the fourth grade for me." And...
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Vanessa Isiguen and Chaz'men Williams-Ali