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Madama Butterfly on stage at the Circus Maximus
For the summer season of the Opera di Roma

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Presents

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini in the staging by director Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus under the direction of Donato Renzetti. In her reading, the young geisha is an ordinary girl, no more naive or romantic than many others in the world; Pinkerton a wealthy businessman. But dreams will be broken, promises not kept.


Preparation of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in collaboration with Opera Australia / Sydney Opera House
Madama Butterfly on stage at the Circus Maximus


Director Donato Renzetti
Directed by Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
Master of the Choir Roberto Gabbiani
Alfons Flores Scenes
Lluc Castells Costumes
Marco Filibeck lights
Video Franc Aleu
 Main interpreters
Madama Butterfly (Cio-cio-san), Corinne Winters
Suzuki, Adriana Di Paola
Kate Pinkerton, Sharon Celani
BF Pinkerton, Saimir Pirgu (Angelo Villari on July 31 and August 6)


Madama Butterfly

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Japanese tragedy in three acts

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

by John Luther Long and David Belasco

Madama Butterfly is the story of a deluded and naive love, paid dearly by the protagonist. However, it is not only the story of a tragic love, but also the denunciation of an unscrupulous and unscrupulous colonialism, in this case the lieutenant of the United States Navy, FB Pinkerton who, landed in Japan, buys a house and marries the fifteen-year-old Cio -cio-san (Butterfly) for only one hundred yen, about one euro today.

In June 1900 Puccini, in London, saw David Belasco's play Madame Butterfly. Although not knowing English, the Tuscan composer was fascinated by the story of the young Japanese woman who kills herself for love. As soon as he returned to Italy he asked Giulio Ricordi for authorization to draw an opera from that work, with the collaboration of Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa for the libretto.

The title was staged on February 17, 1904 at the Teatro alla Scala and was one of the most sensational failures in the history of opera, which was then reborn - in a second version - at the Teatro Grande in Brescia on May 28 of the same year. Since then, the sad love story of Butterfly, supported by her faithful servant Suzuki, opposed by the whole family, and cheered only by the smile of her son with Pinkerton, has remained in the repertoire of every theater in the world.      


After the first performance on Friday 16 July, four performances are scheduled, again at 21:00: Tuesday 20, Thursday 29, Saturday 31 July and Friday 6 August.

Author: Uber Bertiè

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