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Madama Butterfly

Music Director and Conductor Production Director – Dieter Martin Koegi (Switzerland) Art Director – Elena Solovieva Costumer – Natalia Zemalindinova (Rostov-on-Don) Lighting Designer – Roman Krikunov (Rostov-on-Don) Choirmasters – Honored Artist of Russia Valeria Navrotskaya, Olga Safronova Conductor – Eugene Khokhlov Director – Marina Shapkina

Act 1

Nagasaki, Japan, late 19th century. B.F. Pinkerton of the U.S. Navy marries a young Japanese geisha named Cio-Cio-san, literally butterfly. Goro, a matchmaker, arranges the marriage and a house for the couple. Sharpless, U.S. Consul at Nagasaki, advises Pinkerton against the marriage, but in vain: the sailor doesn’t take this marriage seriously and doesn’t care about Butterfly’s feelings.
Cio-Cio-san, a scion of an impoverished samurai family, is very responsible about her marriage, she converts into Christian faith for her husband. The officials begin the wedding ceremony, soon interrupted by the appearance of Cio-Cio-san’s uncle, the Bonze. He maledicts Butterfly, and the family disowns her. She is happy nonetheless and only cares about the man she loves.

Act 2

Three years later. Pinkerton had left soon after the wedding, and Cio-Cio-san is patiently waiting for him to return. She lives with her servant Suzuki and her son whom Pinkerton has no idea of. Cio-Cio-san is out of money, but sticks to her hope. Sharpless comes to inform her of Pinkerton’s official wedding to an American wife, but Butterfly stops listening to him once she learns that Pinkerton is well and is returning to Nagasaki.
Prince Yamadori comes to propose to Butterfly but is dismissed. Sharpless fails to persuade Butterfly to relinquish her faith in Pinkerton. A cannon shot announces the arrival of Pinkerton’s ship. Exulted Cio-Cio-san watches the ship enter the harbour, decorates her house with flowers and sits down to wait for her husband to arrive.

Act 3

The night is over, and Pinkerton hasn’t come. Cio-Cio-san gives in to sleep, while Suzuki eventually meets Pinkerton and Sharpless accompanied by some lady. Sharpless introduces her as Pinkerton’s wife Kate. Pinkerton has come only to retrieve his son, he doesn’t want to meet Butterfly. Cio-Cio-san learns the truth and agrees to give the child in, but she doesn’t want to live any longer. She says farewell to her son and stabs herself with her father’s dagger.
Libretto by L.Illiki and G. Giacosa
Genre: Opera
Language : Italian (with Russian supertitles)
Original title: Madama Butterfly
Title: Madama Butterfly
Acts count: 2
Premiere date: 23 April 2010
Age restriction: 16+

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