The opera «Madama Butterfly» by Giacomo Puccini

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Location: «Astana Opera» Theatre

Date: July 16

Time: 18:00

Duration: 2 hours 30 min (1 intermission)

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The opera «Madama Butterfly» is an outstanding work of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Music Director and Conductor – Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Alan Buribayev, Director – Lorenzo Amato (Italy). Set Designer – Ezio Frigerio, Costume Designer – Franca Squarciapino (Italy), Costume Consultant – Junko Kamohara (Japan), Lighting Designer – Vincenzo Raponi (Italy). The opera «Madama Butterfly» (Cio-Cio-san) is based on the American writer John L. Long’s short story, which was dramatized by D. Belasco. Puccini saw it when he was in London and the true-to-life story excited him. He suggested that librettists L. Illica and D. Giacosa write an opera libretto based on the drama. Music was soon composed. The first performance on February 17, 1904, in Milan was poorly received and, as a result, the opera was withdrawn from the repertoire. The audience did not understand its content and was outraged by the duration of the second act. Puccini revised the opera, shortened some pieces and split the second act into two separate acts. Performed with these minor changes three months later, the opera was a resounding success and quickly gained a solid reputation as one of the most popular contemporary operas. The life story from faraway Japan responded to popular in the European arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries attraction to exotica and artists’ desire to enrich their palette with new colors. However, Puccini did not set himself a special task to represent the national Japanese color in the music. Representing a person's drama was the most important for him. The composer managed to not only keep but also deepen the content of the literary source while embodying this drama.

Director – Natalya Kagadiy.


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