OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 1:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
THEATER: “Benefactors” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael Frayn’s play about an architect who struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects, while his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. Directed by Eric Hall. 8pm. $48. Through July 26.
WORKSHOP: MOMIX @ National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs. In conjunction with their Tuesday (July 22) performance at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, MOMIX dancer-choreographer Brian Simerson offers an Improvisation Master Class, open to all with a creative spirit – no dance background is required. 6pm. $15.
READING: Mark Strand @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. With Binnie Kirshenbaum. 8pm. FREE.
TALK/DEMONSTRATION: On Stage at the Clark @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff kicks off the session with an introspective on the annual international Festival, America’s longest-running dance festival. Followed by choreographer-dancer Michelle Dorrance, who offers an intimate tap dance talk and demonstration. 5pm. FREE.