Madama Butterfly, Puccini – Opera

Edo de Waart, Robert Wilson – Cheryl Barker (Cio-Cio-San), Martin Thompson (F.B. Pinkerton) – De Nederlandse Opera

Who could direct Madama Butterfly for stage better than Robert Wilson? Premiered at the beginning of the past century, it is a "Japanese tragedy" in a most Oriental-style.

When Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton (Martin Thompson), Lieutenant in the United States Navy, meets the 15 year-old geisha Cio-Cio San (Mrs Butterfly in Japanese), he finds her so exotically lovely that he marries her, and the two lovers quickly have a baby together. But the American man only stays for a short time in Nagasaki, and finally goes back to the United States, where he marries another young woman, American this time. When the young couple go back to Japan, where Cio-Cio San has been staying true to her husband, they find her desperate. Devastated by this profound betrayal, she kills herself after giving her child to the Pinkertons.

Robert Wilson stage director, set designer
Frida Parmeggiani costumes

Cheryl Barker (Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San))
Catherine Keen (Suzuki)
Annaleen Bijnen (Kate Pinkerton)
Martin Thompson (F.B. Pinkerton)
Richard Stilwell (Sharpless)
Peter Blanchet (Goro)
Roger Smeets (Il Principe Yamadori)
Andrzej Saciuk (Lo zio Bonzo)
Harry Teeuwen (Yakuside)
Bart Driessen (Il Commissario imperiale)
John van Halteren (L’Ufficiale del registro)
Hiriko Mogaki (La madre di Cio Cio San)
Janine Scheepers (La Zia)
Vesna Miletic (La cugina)
Marnix van der Moezel (Dolore)

Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Koor Van De Nederlandese Opera
Edo de Waart music director

Movie director : Misjel Vermeiren
Playlists : Love songs, Japan Special, Mother's Day Special, Italian opera
Musical period : Romantic music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 02 h 17 min
Location : De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Production date : 2003
Production : © NPS
Available version(s) : IT ST EN, IT ST FR, IT ST ES

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