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Madama Butterfly

Oslo Opera House, Oslo, Norway
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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Oslo, Norway
Starts at: 19:00
Acts: 2
Intervals: 1
Duration: 3h 15min
Sung in: Italian
Titles in: English,Norwegian
Cast
Performers
Mezzo-Soprano: Astrid Nordstad (Suzuki)
Conductor: John Fiore
Soprano: Marita Sølberg (Cio-Cio-san (Madama Butterfly))
Chorus: Norwegian National Opera Children`s Chorus
Chorus: Norwegian National Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
Tenor: Piero Pretti (B.F. Pinkerton)
Bass-Baritone: Yngve Søberg (Sharpless)
Creators
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Costume designer: Alison Chitty
Lighting Designer: Chris Davey
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa
Author: John Luther Long
Librettist: Luigi Illica
Director: Stephen Langridge
Overview

Puccini’s beautiful opera is about hope and crushed dreams. A young Japanese girl meets an American naval officer, she with a dream of American freedom and he with a longing for the exotic East. But is it really love or the perfect example of the attraction of opposites? Madama Butterfly is a story about a culture clash and crushed dreams set to Puccini’s exquisite music.

In the most famous aria, ‘Un bel di’, Madama Butterfly – or Cio-Cio San as she is called – sings about ‘one fine day’ – the day when the American officer Pinkerton will return to Nagasaki for her and their son. To him, his marriage to the Japanese geisha is for fun, while she takes it very seriously.

Everyone around Cio-Cio San realizes that her dream will never come true. All the same, no one can take from her the intense hope that a miracle might happen. But when Pinkerton returns three years later with his American wife, the encounter is a rude awakening.

West meets East

When working on the opera, composer Puccini studied Japanese music and culture in order to create an authentic reflection of a country he had never visited. Yet Madama Butterfly is a distinctly Italian opera with long lines and beautiful melodies. According to Puccini himself, it was the most emotional opera he had ever written.

It premiered at La Scala in Milan in 1904 and the composer described its reception as a ‘pure lynching’. Today, Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most widely produced operas. 

Successful production with Norwegian star soloist

Our production of Madama Butterfly is one of the most frequent opera performances in Bjørvika. It tells the story of a young Japanese girl through the main character’s adult son, as he looks back on his parents’ story.  The action takes place in Japan immediately after World War II at a time when American soldiers occupied the country and mass prostitution was a growing problem.

This season, Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige will be singing the title role. Since her debut as Senta in The Flying Dutchman with the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in 2015, Teige has enjoyed success on various European opera stages as Irena in Wagner’s Rienzi with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Floria Tosca and Cio-Cio San with the Mannheim National Theatre.

History
Premiere of this production: 17 February 1904, La Scala, Milan

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is based on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long, which in turn was based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. Long's version was dramatized by David Belasco as the one-act play Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, which, after premiering in New York in 1900, moved to London, where Puccini saw it in the summer of that year.

Venue Info

Oslo Opera House - Oslo
Location   Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1

The Oslo Opera House is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The building is situated in the Bjørvika neighbourhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. It is operated by Statsbygg, the government agency which manages property for the Norwegian government. The structure contains 1,100 rooms in a total area of 38,500 m2 (414,000 sq ft). The main auditorium seats 1,364 and two other performance spaces can seat 200 and 400. The main stage is 16 m (52 ft) wide and 40 m (130 ft) deep. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with marble from Carrara, Italy and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water. It is the largest cultural building constructed in Norway since Nidarosdomen was completed circa 1300.

In 1999, after a long national debate, the Norwegian legislature decided to construct a new opera house in the city. A design competition was held and, of the 350 entries received, the judges chose that of Snøhetta. Construction started in 2003 and was completed in 2007, ahead of schedule and 300 million NOK (~US$52 million) under its budget of 4.4 billion NOK (~US$760 million). The gala opening on 12 April 2008 was attended by His Majesty King Harald, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and President Tarja Halonen of Finland and other leaders. During the first year of operation, 1.3 million people passed through the building's doors.

The Opera House won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 and the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

The roof of the building angles to ground level, creating a large plaza that invites pedestrians to walk up and enjoy the panoramic views of Oslo. While much of the building is covered in white granite and La Facciata, a white Italian carrara marble, the stage tower is clad in white aluminium, in a design by Løvaas & Wagle that evokes old weaving patterns.

The lobby is surrounded by 15 m (49 ft) tall windows with minimal framing and special glass that allows maximum views of the water. The roof is supported by thin angled columns also designed not to interfere with views.

Interior surfaces are covered in oak to bring warmth to spaces in contrast to the coolness of the white exterior. The main auditorium is a horseshoe shape and illuminated by an oval chandelier containing 5,800 handmade crystals. Seats include monitors for the electronic libretto system, allowing audiences to follow opera libretti in Norwegian and English in addition to the original language.

Several art projects were commissioned for the interior and exterior of the Opera House. The most notable is She Lies, a sculpture constructed of stainless steel and glass panels by Monica Bonvicini. It is permanently installed on a concrete platform in the fjord adjacent to Opera House and floats on the water moving in response to tides and wind to create an ever-changing face to viewers. The work was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Sonja on 11 May 2010.

A perforated wall panel which covers roof supports in the lobby was designed by Olafur Eliasson. It features hexagonal opening and is illuminated from below and behind to create the illusion of melting ice. Other artists involved in the construction include Kristian Blystad, Jorunn Sannes and Kalle Grude, who designed the shape of the pavers on the forecourt and roof; Bodil Furu and Trine Lise Nedreaas, who created a film and video project; Marte Aas, Talleiv Taro Manum, Tom Sandberg, Gerd Tinglum and Nina Witoszek Fitzpatrick, who created the art book Site Seeing; and Linus Elmes and Ludvig Löfgren, who created the foundation stone.

The main stage curtain is the work of Pae White who designed it to look like crumpled aluminum foil. White scanned a crumpled piece of foil into a computer which translated the information to a loom that wove the curtain from wool, cotton and polyester to create a three-dimensional effect. The curtain was manufactured by the German-based theatrical equipment company Gerriets GmbH. The finished curtain measures 74 ft (23 m) wide and 36 ft (11 m) and weighs 1,100 lb (500 kg).

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Oslo, Norway
Starts at: 19:00
Acts: 2
Intervals: 1
Duration: 3h 15min
Sung in: Italian
Titles in: English,Norwegian
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