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The Baltimore Sun

In his last year at the University of Milan, where he majored in music history, Paolo Micciche wrote his thesis on the origin of comic opera in the 17th century. Some years hence, a university student may well write a thesis on the origin of Micciche's trademark high-tech graphics in the staging of operas, comic or otherwise.

On Stage Madama Butterfly will be performed at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and four more times through May 18 at the Lyric Opera House, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave. $46 to $132. 410-727-6000 or

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