Briggs, Packer to lead Opera Louisiane’s ‘Madama Butterfly’

Opera Louisiane will the world’s most beloved opera, “Madama Butterfly,” where soprano Hope Briggs and tenor Chauncey Packer will perform lead roles, 3pm, March 8, at the Baton Rouge River Center Theater.

Soprano Hope Briggs performs the title role of a young Japanese woman whose uncompromising love results in her greatest joy and greatest sacrifice. Tenor Chauncey Packer stars as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton, an American naval officer who woos Madama Butterfly and ultimately deserts her.

Hope Briggs is a New Jersey native who has sung leading soprano roles through the US and in Europe with such companies as San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, El Paso Opera, Sacramento Opera, Opera San Jose, Nevada Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Frankfurt Opera and Staatstheater Stuttgart. Briggs is also an ABC KGO-TV 2012 African American Salutes Honoree, Marian Anderson Historical Society Scholar and a 2013 Heritage Keeper Award Recipient from Friends of Negro Spirituals.

Hope Briggs
Hope Briggs

Tenor Chauncey Packer is a New Orleans native who is known internationally for his portrayal of Sportin’ Life in “Porgy and Bess.” He has performed the role with San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Birmingham, Mobile Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Pensacola Opera, Tulsa Opera and in many major European cities with the Munich-based New York Harlem Productions tour. He has also performed leading tenor roles with Utah Festival Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Shreveport Opera and Nashville Opera, to name a few. Packer’s future engagements include concerts with Boston Symphony Orchestra and the premiere of an opera commissioned about the historic 1960s civil rights bus rides to New Orleans entitled FREEDOM RIDES in New Orleans.

Tickets are available at, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Baton Rouge River Center Box Office at 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge.