The illusion of love of Cio-CIo-San in the production directed by Zeffirelli
6 July 2017 Share

The illusion of love of Cio-CIo-San in the production directed by Zeffirelli

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On Saturday 8th July at 9:00 pm, Madama Butterfly, a Japanese tragedy in three acts to music by Giacomo Puccini and with libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, returns to the Arena di Verona stage. The Puccini opera, staged at Arena di Verona since 1978 in six different editions with 71 performances, is proposed in the spectacular 2004 production – staged again in 2006, 2010 and 2014 – with Franco Zeffirelli as director and scenographer, costumes by Emi Wada and choreography by Maria Grazia Garofoli. On the podium for the six performances, Jader Bignamini. Further performances: 13, 22, 29 July 2017 9:00 pm – 11, 19 August 2017 8:45 pm.

Giacomo Puccini began composing Madama Butterfly in 1901, however, due to numerous interruptions, the score was only completed in 1903. Puccini chose the subject after having attended a performance in June 1900 of the tragedy Madame Butterfly by David Belasco, which in turn was based on a short story by American John Luther Long entitled Madam Butterfly, published in 1898.

Puccini gathered information meticulously for the realization of the drama, assisted by well-known Japanese actress Sada Yacco, who accurately described the usages and costumes of the oriental people to him. The Lucca composer therefore outlined an extremely modern psychological drama, which follows the leading character’s interior story, against the backdrop of a postcard-style Japan.

Such introspective depth was however strange to audiences of the early 1900s, to the point that the Première at Teatro alla Scala on the 17th February 1904 turned out to be a colossal fiasco, as one of  Puccini’s sisters wrote in a letter to her husband: ”We have reached the bottom, I don’t know how. I didn’t hear the second act at all and, before the opera finished, we fled from the theatre”. Just three months later, at Brescia’s Teatro Grande, the opera obtained well-deserved recognition, which it still enjoys to this day.

The protagonists for the 2017 Festival, conducted by Jader Bignamini, are Oksana Dyka (8, 13, 22/7), Sae-Kyung Rim (29/7) and Hui He (11, 19/8) in the leading role of Cio-Cio-San, while Marcello Giordani (8, 13, 22/7) and Gianluca Terranova (29/7 – 11, 19/8) interpret F. B. Pinkerton; Silvia Beltrami (8, 13, 22/7) and Anna Malavasi (29/7 – 11, 19/9) perform the role of the servant Suzuki, and Alessandro Corbelli (8, 13/7), Stefano Antonucci (22, 29/7 – 11/8) and Alberto Gazale (19/8) alternate as consul Sharpless. Kate Pinkerton is interpreted by Alice Marini, Goro by Francesco Pittari, Prince Yamadori by Nicolò Ceriani and Cio-Cio-San’s Bonze uncle by Deyan Vatchkov. The cast is completed by The Imperial Commissioner, performed by Marco Camastra, the Official Registrar by Dario Giorgelè, Cio-Cio-San’s Mother by Tamta Tarieli and Her Cousin by Marina Ogii (8, 13, 22/7) and Elena Borin (29/7 – 11, 19/8).

The opera features the Orchestra, the Chorus (under the direction of chorus master Vito Lombardi), the Dance Company coordinated by Gaetano Petrosino and the Technicians of the Arena di Verona, as well as numerous extras.

Top photo: 2017, Arena, Madama Butterfly (Photo Ennevi, Fondazione Arena)

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