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La Monnaie / De Munt

Madama Butterfly
© Emmanuelle Brisson

Opera

Madama
Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini

Presentation

SHE FLUTTERS BRIEFLY / UP TO AN UNRULY FLAME / ON INTO THE DARK

‘If I am not moved, if the libretto does not touch my heart...then it’s not for me.’ Puccini knew what he was looking for in an opera libretto...and the fact that the story of a delicate Japanese ‘butterfly’ moved him deeply is apparent in every note of the score. The young geisha Cio-Cio-San has been waiting for years for the return of her American ‘husband’, the naval officer Pinkerton. When she finally grasps the truth, her fate is sealed and she takes the action that her code of honour imposes. Madama Butterfly marked a new phase in Puccini’s development, in which he enriched his musical palette with the exoticism of the Far East. The fact that his direct emotionality contains a universal dimension is clear from the lasting worldwide popularity of this work. Hotel Pro Forma, known to us for their performance of Rachmaninov Troika in 2015, brings East and West together in a theatrical ritual for our time. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, a master of the Italian repertoire, makes his La Monnaie debute.

Gallery

Gallery

Cast
Cast

Conductor ROBERTO RIZZI BRIGNOLI
BASSEM AKIKI (10, 12, 14/2)

Director KIRSTEN DEHLHOLM (HOTEL PRO FORMA)
Co-Director JON R. SKULBERG
Collaboration staging MARIE LAMBERT
Set design MAJA ZISKA
Costumes HENRIK VIBSKOV
Lighting JESPER KONGSHAUG
Dramaturgy KRYSTIAN LADA
Collaboration choreography KENZO KUSUDA
Collaboration puppets ULRIKE QUADE
Chorus Master MARTINO FAGGIANI

Cio-Cio-San ALEXIA VOULGARIDOU
AMANDA ECHALAZ (1, 3, 7, 9, 12/2)
Suzuki NING LIANG
QIULIN ZHANG (1, 3, 7, 9, 12/2)

Kate Pinkerton MARTA BERETTA
F. B. Pinkerton MARCELO PUENTE
LEONARDO CAIMI (1, 3, 7, 9, 12/2)
Sharpless ARIS ARGIRIS
Goro RICCARDO BOTTA
Il Principe Yamadori ALDO HEO
Lo zio Bonzo MIKHAIL KOLELISHVILI
Il commisario / L’ufficiale WIARD WITHOLT
Yakuside RENÉ LARYEA
Madre di Cio-Cio-San BIRGITTE BØNDING
Zia di Cio-Cio-San ROSA BRANDAO
Cugina di Cio-Cio-San ADRIENNE VISSER
Puppeteers TIM HAMMER, JORIS DE JONG, RUBEN MARDULIER, SUZE VAN MILTENBURG

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

PRODUCTION La Monnaie / De Munt
CO-PRODUCTION Ulrike Quade Company
WITH THE SUPPORT OF Belfius

Agenda

Agenda