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"Madama Butterfly"

Giacomo Puccini

Original version Milan 1904

Japanese tragedy in two acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
(Reconstruction of the first version - 1904 - by Julian Smith, Casa Ricordi, Milan)

Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra
New Teatro alla Scala Production
Running Time: 03 hours 05 minutes intermission included
Conductor    Riccardo Chailly
Staging    Alvis Hermanis
Sets    Alvis Hermanis and Leila Fteita
Costumes    Kristine Jurjāne
Lights    Gleb Filshtinsky
Videos    Ineta Sipunova
Choreography    Alla Sigalova
Dramaturgy    Olivier Lexa

Madama Butterfly

Maria José Siri    
Suzuki    Annalisa Stroppa
F.B. Pinkerton    Bryan Hymel
Sharpless    Carlos Álvarez
Goro    Carlo Bosi
Prince Yamadori    Costantino Finucci
The Bonze    Abramo Rosalen
Yakusidé    Leonardo Galeazzi
Imperial commissioner    Gabriele Sagona
The Official Registrar    Romano Dal Zovo
Cio-Cio San's mother     Marzia Castellini
Cio-Cio San's aunt    Maria Miccoli
Cio-Cio San's cousin    Roberta Salvati


Madame Butterfly first saw the light of day in La Scala in February 1904, and was hotly contested: it was certainly the victim of an ambush organized by enemies of the composer and his editor, but perhaps also of the surprise of the audience faced with a crude and innovative opera, watching as equals the latest developments in European musical theatre. Puccini backed down and began cutting and amending, and three months latfsite777er at the Grande Theatre in Brescia the opera enjoyed the success that would subsequently accompany it forever, all over the world. After Turandot and La fanciulla del West, Riccardo Chailly continues his critical reinterpretation of the works of Puccini by proposing the first La Scala version for his second 7 December as Principal Conductor: an act of contrition towards Puccini but above all, alongside the subsequent variations, an opportunity to rediscover a Butterfly that is even more audacious in its dramaturgical design. It is directed by Alvis Hermanis, who has already been hailed at La Scala for his new productions of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and Verdi’s I due Foscari, and the cast orbits around Cio-Cio San played by Maria José Siri, an emerging soprano on the greatest international stages.

8 / 01 / 2017