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Opera Giacomo Puccini "Madam Butterfly" (Opera in two acts)
World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Small Stage

Running time: 3 h 35 min (approx.)


Schedule for Giacomo Puccini "Madam Butterfly" (Opera in two acts) 2017/2018

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Choirmaster producer: Valery Borisov
Stage Director: Robert Wilson
Decorations Designer: Robert Wilson
Light Designer: Robert Wilson
Costume Designer: Fried Parmedzhani
Music Director: Roberto Rizzi Brignoli

Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra

Opera in 2 acts

Performed in Italian With Russian supertitles

Premiere of this production: 12 June 2005

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with Russian surtitles.
Presented with one interval.



Synopsis

Act I

U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton inspects the house he has leased from a marriage broker, Goro. To the American consul, Sharpless, who arrives breathless from climbing the hill, Pinkerton describes the carefree philosophy of a sailor roaming the world in search of pleasure. At the moment, he is enchanted with the fragile Cio-Cio-San, but his 999-year marriage contract contains a monthly renewal option. Cio-Cio-San is heard in the distance joyously singing of her wedding. Entering surrounded by friends, she tells Pinkerton how, when her family fell on hard times, she had to earn her living as a geisha. Her relatives bustle in, noisily expressing their opinions on the marriage. In a quiet moment, Cio-Cio-San shows her bridegroom her few earthly treasures and tells him of her intention to embrace his Christian faith. The Imperial Commissioner performs the wedding ceremony, and the guests toast the couple. The celebration is interrupted by Cio-Cio-Sans uncle, a Buddhist priest, who bursts in, cursing the girl for having renounced her ancestors religion. Pinkerton angrily sends the guests away. Alone with Cio-Cio-San in the moonlit garden, he dries her tears, and she joins him in singing of their love.

Act II

Three years later, Cio-Cio-San waits for her husbands return, standing by the doorway with her eyes fixed on the harbor and urges Suzuki to have faith: one fine day Pinkertons ship will appear on the horizon. Sharpless brings a letter from the lieutenant, but before he can read it to Cio-Cio-San, Goro comes with a suitor, the wealthy Prince Yamadori. The girl dismisses both marriage broker and prince, insisting her American husband has not deserted her. When they are alone, Sharpless again starts to read the letter and suggests Pinkerton may not return. Cio-Cio-San proudly carries forth her child saying that as soon as Pinkerton knows he has a son he surely will come back; if he does not, she would rather die than return to her former life. Moved by her devotion, Sharpless leaves, without having revealed the full contents of the letter. Cio-Cio-San, on the point of despair, discovers Pinkertons ship entering the harbor. Now delirious with joy, she orders Suzuki to help her fill the house with flowers. As night falls, Cio-Cio-San, Suzuki and the child begin their vigil.

Act III

As dawn breaks, Suzuki insists that Cio-Cio-San rest. Before long, Sharpless enters with Pinkerton, followed by Kate, his new wife. When Suzuki realizes who the American woman is, she collapses in despair but agrees to aid in breaking the news to her mistress. Pinkerton, seized with remorse, bids an anguished farewell to the scene of his former happiness, then rushes away. When Cio-Cio-San comes forth expecting to find him, she finds Kate instead. Guessing the truth, the shattered Cio-Cio-San agrees to give up her child if his father will return for him. Then, sending even Suzuki away, she takes out the dagger with which her father committed suicide and bows before a statue of Buddha. Sobbing farewell, Cio-Cio-San sends son to play, then stabs herself. As she dies, Pinkerton is heard calling her name.

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