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The Teatro Real has programmed Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, one of the most staged operas in the whole world.  The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San, better known as Madama Butterfly, touches all audiences. Puccini’s innate talent narrates the terrible conflict between two irreconcilable civilizations. This time the story is told from a different angle. Stage director Mario Gas sets the story in a 1930s. He narrates the poignant drama from three simultaneous perspectives for an even more marvelous experience of this classic by Giacomo Puccini.

Starting Point

 A temporary wife was a widespread practice in Japan at the end of the 19th century. The West - with the United States leading - had established diplomatic and commercial relations with the country in the mid-century and the fascination with the birthplace of geishas spread like wildfire. The influence of a distant (and imaginary) Orient would take form in works by a variety of European and North American artists that continued well into the 20th century. In this way, Butterfly is a crass embodiment of the conflict between two irreconcilable civilizations, one which dominates the other. A man of a subtle theatrical spirit, Puccini portrayed brilliantly the fragility of a geisha in love who naively believed the dashing North American marine official also loved her. The musical score evokes agreeably harmonized traditional Japanese melodies. In spite of the fiasco of the debut of Madama Butterfly in Milan, the composer stood fast in his determination to make a success of what he considered his most sincere and expressive work. The passing of time has proved him right. Mario Gas places the story in a 1930s film studio. He narrates this moving drama from three simultaneous perspectives: the opera itself, the film being made of the opera, and its projection in black and white on a large screen.

Essentials

'Madama Butterfly'

Tragedia giapponese in three acts

Music by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)


Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica,after the play Madama Butterfly by David Belasco, after a short story by John Luther Long
 
Premiered at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan 17 February 1904
Premiered at the Teatro Real 20 November 1907

Production by the Teatro Real

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Approximate running time

2 hours and 55 minutes

Act I: 50 minutes
Intermission: 30 minutes
Acts II and III: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Marco Armiliato
  • Stage director: Mario Gas
  • Set designer: Ezio Frigerio
  • Costume designer: Franca Squarciapino
  • Lighting designer: Vinicio Cheli
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San): Ermonela Jaho (Jun. 27, 30 · Jul. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 19, 21)
    Hui He (Jun. 28 · Jul. 1, 4, 7, 13, 16, 20)
  • Suzuki: Enkelejda Shkosa (Jun. 27, 30 · Jul. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 19, 21)
    Gemma Coma-Alabert (Jun. 28 · Jul. 1, 4, 7, 13, 16, 20)
  • Mrs. Kate Pinkerton: Marifé Nogales
  • B.F. Pinkerton: Jorge de León (Jun. 27, 30 · Jul. 6, 9, 12, 15, 19, 21)
    Andrea Carè (Jun. 28 · Jul. 3, 7, 13, 16)
    Vincenzo Costanzo (Jul. 1, 4, 20)
  • Sharpless: Ángel Ódena (Jun. 27, 30 · Jul. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15)
    Vladimir Stoyanov (Jun. 28 · Jul. 1, 19, 21)
    Luis Cansino (Jul. 4, 7, 13, 16, 20)
  • Goro: Francisco Vas
  • Prince Yamadori: Tomeu Bibiloni
  • Uncle Bonze: Fernando Radó (Jun. 27, 30 · Jul. 3, 15, 19, 21)
    Scott Wilde (Jun. 28 · Jul. 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 20)

Programme of show

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Performance Dates

  • 27 JUN (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 28 JUN (W) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 30 JUN (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 1 JUL (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 3 JUL (M) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 4 JUL (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 6 JUL (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 7 JUL (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 9 JUL (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 12 JUL (W) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 13 JUL (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 15 JUL (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 16 JUL (S) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 19 JUL (W) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 20 JUL (T) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • 21 JUL (F) 20:00h
    FINISHED
  • Place: Main Auditorium