Opera

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
Sung in Italian with German surtitles
Japanese tragedy in two acts
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica, after the play "Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan" (1900) by David Belasco
World premiere: 1904 in Milan
Acquisition of the Staatstheater Darmstadt production
Fr, 29.03.2019
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Benedikt Nawrath, Marta Wryk
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Elisa Cho, Marta Wryk
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Richard Furman, Elisa Cho, Chor
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Elisa Cho
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Richard Furman, Elisa Cho, Marta Wryk, Benedikt Nawrath
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Richard Furman, Christopher Bolduc
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Elisa Cho, Richard Furman
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Elisa Cho, Richard Furman
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Elisa Cho, Richard Furman
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Elisa Cho, Richard Furman
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Elisa Cho, Richard Furman
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Elisa Cho, Richard Furman
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Elisa Cho, Marta Wryk
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Frederik Bak, Benedikt Nawrath, Elisa Cho
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Elisa Cho
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Elisa Cho, Kinderstatistin, Marta Wryk
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In a disastrous meeting of East and West, Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” tells the tragic story of the doomed relationship between a Japanese geisha (Cio-Cio San) and an American naval officer (Pinkerton).  Sold off to Pinkerton by a marriage broker, the destiny of the young Cio-Cio San (whom people simply call “Butterfly”) lies at the centre of the opera. After renouncing her religion for Pinkerton’s love, she is plunged into swift social decline, faces abandonment by her American husband, public repudiation by her family and, ultimately, a self-chosen death. Filled with emotionally charged arias, sharp plot contrasts, exotic settings, action and tenderness, the heart-wrenching story unfolds almost as if painting an intimate woman’s portrait. Puccini successfully embeds elements of Japanese folk music into the unique Italian tonal language and regarded the opera “the most soulful, expressive that I have ever written”. 

“Madama Butterfly” was composed at the beginning of the 20th Century, during the last boom of global colonialism. In the World of ordinary people like Cio-Cio San, the “exchange” with foreign powers left deep scars. The humble geisha is willing to give up everything for Pinkerton: her religion, her home and even her family. Yet Pinkerton returns to America without her, starting a “proper” family there. While he is away Butterfly gives birth to his child, and holds steadfast to the hope that he will one day return, as indeed he does – accompanied by his American wife – but only to collect his child.  Now robbed of absolutely everything she holds dear, Cio-Cio San commits suicide.

Cast

Conductor Christina Domnick
Revival Director Magdalena Weingut
Stage Designer Heinz Balthes
Costume Designer José-Manuel Vázquez
Lighting Designer Ralf Baars
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Rüdiger Schilling
Cio-Cio-San Elena Bezgodkova
Suzuki Silvia Hauer
Pinkerton Aaron Cawley
Kate Pinkerton Anna McDougall
Sharpless Benjamin Russell
Goro Erik Biegel
Prince Yamadori Daniel Carison
Bonze, Cio-Cio San's uncle Doheon Kim
Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden

Dates

RevivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
2019 International May FestivalGrosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:30