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Madama Butterfly

Text Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Tragedia giapponese
Musical direction Philippe Jordan
Directed by Anthony Minghella
Direction and choreography Carolyn Choa
Michael Levine stage
Han Feng costumes
Light Peter Mumford
Doll design and direction Blind Summit
Assistant director Paula Williams
Assistant to Matthias Kronfuss

Cio-Cio-San Asmik Grigorian
Suzuki Virginie Verrez
Pinkerton Freddie De Tommaso
Sharpless Boris Pinkhasovich
Goro Thomas Ebenstein
Solo dancer Hsin-Ping Chang
Solo dancer Tom Yang

7.1., 10.1., 13.1.2020
Cio-Cio-San Asmik Grigorian
Suzuki Virginie Verrez
Pinkerton Freddie De Tommaso
Sharpless Boris Pinkhasovich
Goro Thomas Ebenstein
Solo dancer Hsin-Ping Chang
Solo dancer Tom Yang

January 16, 2020
Cio-Cio-San Asmik Grigorian
Suzuki Noa Beinart
Pinkerton Marcelo Puente
Sharpless Boris Pinkhasovich
Goro Andrea Giovannini
Solo dancer Ayano Honda

In reviewing the terms to a lease for a Japanese wedding house, which overlooks Nagasaki harbour, includes a geisha wife and runs for a period of 999 years but can be terminated on any given month, Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton of the U.S. Navy is quite pleased with its flexible terms. Just the day before, the American consul, Sharpless, who was invited as the Lieutenant’s best man and has a much more refined ear than he, overheard the lovely voice of the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, known as Madam Butterfly, who had visited the US consulate the day before, heeding him to question: could her voice be the sound of true love? He warns his compatriot against carelessly “eliciting tones of sorrow from this voice.” Knowing that what might be irresponsible game for Pinkerton could result in existential seriousness for Cio-Cio-San. After all, she had broken all ties to her family and culture in order to dream the American dream as “Madame F. B. Pinkerton”. After Pinkerton left Madam Butterfly, she continued to defend her dream against the cold reality of her situation for three years, trusting the American marriage laws and the child she gave birth to after Pinkerton's departure: a blond, blue-eyed boy whom she named Dolore (“Sorrow”). Sharpless believes he can relieve the socially isolated and destitute Cio-Cio-San by persuading Pinkerton, who in the meantime sought a “real marriage” to a “real American girl”, to adopt the child. Madame Butterfly agrees to give up her last remaining tie to Pinkerton – her son – if Pinkerton himself comes to collect him. Then she confronts him with a Japanese suicide ritual, which she performs in the presence of her son just after blindfolding him...
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