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Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly


Supported by the Antenna Group. In collaboration with the Athens Concert Hall
& the Thessaloniki Concert Hall

A production of the Antenna Group

Nagasaki, Japan, at the turn of the last century: the fifteen-year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San (from the Japanese word for ’butterfly’) renounces her religion and her family in order to enter into a temporary marriage arrangement with Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, an Americal naval officer. Despite his promises, he leaves her, only to return three years later and try to take her child back to America with him and his new wife. Butterfly, in despair, commits suicide with her father’s sword.
One of the masterpieces of the genre, Puccini’s opera, with its highly sophisticated depiction of human emotion, was premiered at the Teatro alla Scala in 1904. In the famous Anthony Minghella production at the Met, legendary tenor Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, the US Consul (a baritone role).  

Production: Anthony Minghella
Director/Choreographer: Carolyn Choa
Set Designer:  Michael Levine
Costume Designer:  Han Feng
Lighting Designer:  Peter Mumford
Puppetry: Blind Summit Theatre

Cio-Cio-San: Hui He
Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong
Pinkerton: Andrea Carè
Sharpless: Plácido Domingo

Conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi

Pre-recorded broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

In Italian, with Greek subtitles