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From the Studio: More from Inland Northwest Opera's Madame Butterfly

Spokane Public Radio

Dean Williamson, Conductor of Inland Northwest Opera's "Madame Butterfly," visits the studio to discuss his history in Spokane, conducting Puccini's opera. Also in the studio is Fenlon Lamb, Stage Director, who discusses the nuances of staging a beloved opera, especially one that translates a story and imagery from the East for a Western audience.

"Madame Butterfly" opens Friday, September 20, at 7:30 PM in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox and will have a matinee performance on Sunday, September 22, at 2 PM. For tickets and more information, visit

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago. “I came in to complain and they hired me.” He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week. When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible. For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature. For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.
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