As of press time, there were a limited number of tickets still available for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a co-production by Opera Australia and the National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉). Saturday’s and Monday’s shows have yet to sell out, which features Taiwanese soprano Lin Ling-hui (林玲慧) singing the part of Cio-Cio San (Butterfly).
■ Saturday and Monday at 7:30pm
■ National Concert Hall, Taipei City
■ Available tickets are NT$2,400 and NT$3,000, available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
A hybrid production from emerging experimental director Liu Jian-kuo (劉建幗), Who’s the Boss (金蘭情X誰是老大) blurs boundaries between traditional and modern theater. StarringLiu Chien-hua (劉建華), a specialist in Henan opera (豫劇), and Li Pei-ying (李佩穎) of theFormosa Zephyr Opera Troupe (台灣春風歌劇團), which practices Taiwanese gezai opera. Combined with these two operatic virtuosi, there is also a rock’n’roll vibe and a story about gender bending in Taiwan’s criminal underworld.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm
■ Dadaocheng Theater (大稻埕戲苑), 9F, 21, Dihua St Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市迪化街一段21號9樓)
■ Tickets are NT$300 to NT$1,000; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Sealed Wolf (玉筆鈴聲之蒼狼印), a major new production by Kaohsiung’s Jin Ing Ger Puppet Troupe (金鷹閣電視木偶劇團), combines traditional Taiwanese puppetry with television-style effects to create a enthralling fantasy world of heroes and villains.
■ Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
■ New Taipei City Arts Center (新北市藝文中心演藝廳), 62 Jhuangjing Rd, Banciao Dist, New Taipei City (新北市板橋區莊敬路62號)
■ Tickets are NT$200 to NT$500; available through NTCH ticketing and online at www.artsticket.com.tw
Legacy Taipei, located in a former warehouse at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), hosts top Taiwanese pop performers and international acts. Tomorrow is a party featuring prominent indie-rock figures playing celebrity DJ: Mando-pop singer Valen Hsu (許茹芸), Ma Nien-hsien (馬念先) and 1976 singer Chen Ray-kai (陳瑞凱, aka Ah-kai, 阿凱). Saturday and Sunday’s shows featuring Alt-rock chanteuse Faith Yang (楊乃文) are sold out.
■ Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)
■ Shows start at 8pm
■ NT$800 (NT$500 in advance), sold out Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the venue’s concerts can be purchased at ERA ticketing outlets, online through www.ticket.com.tw, www.legacy.com.tw and at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks
Up-and-coming acts identize, castaway and Rosy (玫瑰紅) play tonight at The Wall (這牆), Taipei’s most prominent venue for indie rock artists. Tomorrow it’s nu-metal and rock from Seventy Percent (70%柒拾趴樂團) and OverDose. Mando-pop/rock singer Fiona Wu (吳南穎) is also on the bill. Grunge band KoOk (庫克樂團) and HiJack take the stage on Saturday.
■ B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1), tel: (02) 2930-0162. On the Net: www.thewall.com.tw
■ Shows start at 8pm.
■ NT$400 tonight (NT$300 in advance), NT$500 tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online through www.thewall.com.tw and tickets.books.com.tw
Tomorrow Witch House (女巫店), an intimate coffeehouse-style venue in the National Taiwan University area, hosts Puyuma Aboriginal singer Leo Chen (陳永龍). On Saturday, it’s veteran rocker Sissey Chao (趙一豪), who sounds like Jim Morrison singing in Mandarin.