The company will perform Mark Adamo's 1998 Little Women, one of the most frequently performed contemporary works in the repertoire, and Puccini's Madama Butterfly, in a production by Mark Lamos. Music director George Manahan will conduct Little Women; Atsushi Yamada, a longtime assistant conductor at NYCO who was the company's first Japanese conductor, will lead Madama Butterfly.
Each production will be performed in Tokyo and Nagoya between May 19 and 28. NYCO will also conduct an educational program for Japanese students.
The World Expo, which runs from March 25 to September 25, 2005, features cultural displays, business symposia, conferences, and presentations. The theme of the U.S. Pavilion is "Franklin Spirit," in a nod to the 200th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth.