Production from 2017
Production La Monnaie / De Munt
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.
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