Opera

Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly)

G. Puccini
Madame Butterfly
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Opera in 3 acts

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

based on a story written by John Luther Long

Stages
Диригент-постановник

Igor Latsanych People’s Artist of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Republic of Tatarstan

Диригент

Mykhailo Dutchak People’s Artist of Ukraine

Режисер-постановник

Anatoly Lymariev

Художник-постановник

Tadey Ryndzak People's Artist of Ukraine

Художник костюмів

Oksana Zinchenko Honored Artist of Ukraine

Хормейстери

Vasyl Koval Winner of Ukrainian competition

Iryna Koval

Libretto
Act 1

Japan, early twentieth century. On a terrace full of flowers, above Nagasaki harbor, U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton is marrying geisha Cio-Cio-San that means “butterfly”. American consul, Sharpless advises Pinkerton to think about geisha’s future. Having fallen in love with Pinkerton, Cio-Cio-San embraced the Christian faith and broke the relationship with her relatives.  However Pinkerton is not interested in the destiny of Cio-Cio-San.  He claims that he is roaming the world in the search of pleasure and proposes a toast for his “real” American wife he will marry one day. The celebration is interrupted by Cio-Cio-San’s uncle, a Buddhist priest, who bursts in, cursing the girl for having renounced her ancestors’ religion. However Cio-Cio-San is happy because her beloved Pinkerton is nearby.

Act 2

Three years later, Cio-Cio-San waits for her husband’s return. In vain Suzuki explains that foreigners do not return to their Japanese wives; in vain Sharpless tries to tell her that Pinkerton will not come back.  The girl dismisses the wealthy Prince Yamadori, insisting that she has American husband and her real name is Madame Pinkerton.   Sharpless brings a letter from the lieutenant and suggests Pinkerton may not return. Cio-Cio-San brings her child, Dolore (Trouble) with proud, saying that as soon as Pinkerton knows he has a son he surely will come back. Cio-Cio-San hears a cannon report; she discovers Pinkerton’s ship entering the harbour. Now delirious with joy, she is preparing to meet her husband.

As dawn breaks, Cio-Cio-San understands that she is waiting in vain.  Sharpless enters with Pinkerton, followed by Kate, his new wife, to take his son with him.  Pinkerton, full of remorse, bids an anguished farewell then rushes away. Guessing the truth, the shattered Cio-Cio-San agrees to give him her child.  Then, sending Suzuki away, she takes out the dagger with which her father committed suicide, choosing to die with honour rather than live in disgrace. Saying farewell, Cio-Cio-San stabs herself.

Act 3

  As dawn breaks, Cio-Cio-San understands that she is waiting in vain.  Sharpless enters with Pinkerton, followed by Kate, his new wife, to take his son with him.  Pinkerton, full of remorse, bids an anguished farewell then rushes away. Guessing the truth, the shattered Cio-Cio-San agrees to give him her child.  Then, sending Suzuki away, she takes out the dagger with which her father committed suicide, choosing to die with honour rather than live in disgrace. Saying farewell, Cio-Cio-San stabs herself.

About show

   The opera “Madama Butterfly” is a lyrical drama about the unrequited love of a Japanese girl and an American officer.

   Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” has quite an unusual fate, because it failed during the premiere. Though all the musicians who participated in the production did not doubt its success. The audience was disappointed with the familiar motives from other operas of the composer. However, the score was rewritten and the main part of Chio Chio San was played by Solomia Krushelnytska and the opera enjoyed the tremendous success. It enchants with beauty and unusual plot. The opera is peculiar not only in Puccini’s great music, but also in unusual Japanese culture.

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Upcoming events
Cio-Cio-san (Madama Butterfly)

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Svitlana Mamchur People`s Artist of Ukraine

Suzuki

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Pinkerton

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Sharpless

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Kate Pinkerton

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Veronika Kolomishcheva winner of the international competition

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Bonze

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Yuriy Trytsetskyy Honored artist of Ukraine

Volodymyr Chibisov winner of the international competition

Сommissioner

Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition

Ruslan Feranz

Prince Yamadori

Roman Kovalchuk Honored Artist of Ukraine

Andriy Savka

print*The theater reserves the right to replace performers
11 September 2017
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