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Total duration 2 h 55 min
1 intermission (25 min)
15 performances
26.1.2018 – 10.3.2018
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Madama Butterfly; Photo Mats Bäcker 2016 / Göteborgs Opera

Puccini wrote some of his most achingly compelling music into this story of a young girl’s love and disillusionment. This new, stylish production has a genuine Japanese touch. If you like Puccini – and who doesn’t? – this is a must-hear.

Puccini at his most touching

Madama Butterfly; Photo Mats Bäcker 2016 / Göteborgs Opera

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

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Yoshi Oïda

”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

”I was 12 years old when many American soldiers came to Japan after the Second World War. I still have clear memories of that time… the Japanese idolisation of America and the encounter of two cultures. My background gives me a personal insight into the story of Madama Butterfly, which is about a young geisha’s love of an American soldier.

I used to think that, as a Japanese director, I had to do Madama Butterfly in my lifetime. This production is my opportunity, and my aim is to show the beauty and dignity of human nature through my direction.”

 

Synopsis

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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Creative team

Music
Giacomo Puccini
Director
Yoshi Oïda
Sets
Tom Schenk
Costumes
Thibault Vancraenenbroeck
Lighting design
Fabrice Kebour

Cast

Cio-cio-san
NN
Kate pinkerton
NN
The child
NN

Performances and tickets

2 h 55 min
1 intermission (25 min)
15 performances
26.1.2018 – 10.3.2018
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
20-129 €
Performed in Italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Fri 26.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 31.1.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Fri 2.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 6.2.2018
at 19:00
sold out
Thu 8.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Sat 10.2.2018
at 14:00
on sale
Thu 15.2.2018
at 19:00
sold out
Sat 17.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 20.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Thu 22.2.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Wed 28.2.2018
at 11:00
sold out
Fri 2.3.2018
at 19:00
on sale
Tue 6.3.2018
at 11:00
sold out
Thu 8.3.2018
at 11:00
sold out
Sat 10.3.2018
at 19:00
on sale

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