Puccini at his most touching
Love, longing and tears are what we know to expect, but this production will also include music not usually heard. Puccini revised Madama Butterfly several times after its unsuccessful premiere, and the version performed in this production is no. 2 – for the first time at the FNOB.
Recommended for children over the age of 12.
Madama Butterfly is a production of Gothenburg Opera.
Photos: Mats Bäcker / Gothenburg Opera
”Directing an opera is about giving space to the music and allowing it to have its way, to realise the intention of the composer. Everything else – directing, sets, costumes – are there just to support the music and the singers, who should not be made to be part of the set.”
– Yoshi Oïda, director
See director Yoshi Oïda's interview
Pinkerton, an officer in the US Navy stationed in Japan, acquires a young wife through a marriage broker. Cio-Cio San has actually fallen in love with Pinkerton and does not understand that the arrangement is a temporary one. Pinkerton returns home, the years go by, and Cio-Cio San continues to wait for his ship to return.
Finally, the ship does arrive, but it brings a devastating disappointment to Cio-Cio San: Pinkerton now has an American wife, and they have returned to Japan only to take Pinkerton’s child back with them. Heartbroken and dishonoured, Butterfly picks up her father’s dagger and takes her own life.
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