Puccini once said that it was the most sincere and expressive work he had ever written. Beyond the conflict between two civilizations, Madama Butterfly is an ode to love and to women. For this stunning production, two women also play the key roles of orchestral conductor and stage director.
Nagasaki, beginning of the 20th century: Cio-Cio San chooses to renounce her country’s traditions and her family’s beliefs to give her whole heart to the love of her life, an American lieutenant. She never imagined for one moment that the passion that consumes her would plunge her into the depths of loneliness and hopeless despair.
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Moderator: Pierre Vachon, musicologist
Giacomo Puccini >
Puccini is the most popular Italian opera composer after Verdi. Born to a long line of composers and organists, he lost his father at the age of five. His musical training was taken over by his uncle, and at 16, he entered the Istituto Musicale Pacini, where he composed his first works.
Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton
Yamadori / The Official Registrar
The Imperial Commissioner
SETS Opéra de Montréal • COSTUMES Opéra de Montréal • PRODUCTION Opéra de Montréal
Orchestre Métropolitain • Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal