Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini: the raw story of love and betrayal belongs to the most artistically valued operas of all time
Italian original version with Czech and English surtitles
A “Yankee”, Lieutenant F. B. Pinkerton, enchanted by the picturesque Japanese milieu and the 15-year-old Cio-Cio San, nicknamed Butterfly, decides to marry and spend the honeymoon in Nagasaki. He soon abandons his young wife, but after a long time returns to take away the child Cio-Cio San has given birth to in the meantime...
In “Butterfly”, Puccini eschewed intricate action and boisterous dramatic events, opting instead for an intimate story and highlighting the psychology of the characters, fleshing out by his music the tiniest details, oscillations and extreme emotional surges, the essential contrast between the Japanese and “Western” mentality, which he also aptly renders by means of many a time surprisingly modified quotations of the US national anthem, as well as giving a forcible depiction of the local colour of Japan, where the story is set.
The opera is named after the short story Madame Butterfly by the American lawyer and author John Luther Long, which served as the basis for a drama by the New York impresario and playwright David Belasco, which in turn directly inspired Puccini to compose his celebrated opera, which became a global hit.
Soloists of the State Opera
State Opera Orchestra
State Opera Chorus
Spectacular Peter Berger´s tenor and Svatopluk Sem´s baritone, stage setting & simple decorations and stage direction were superb (although was not sure why was the Butterfly´s son on the stage since very beginning). Maria Kobielska sang her part of Butterfly exceptionally well. The duet brought goosebumps, the orchestra was spot on and overall - what a fantastic performance. Would definitely recommend.
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