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Madama Butterfly

Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Copenhagen, Denmark
Starts at: 15:00
Duration: 2h 45min
Sung in: Italian
Titles in: Danish
Cast
Performers
Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Choir: The Royal Danish Opera Chorus
Orchestra: The Royal Danish Orchestra
Creators
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Director: Floris Visser
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa
Author: John Luther Long
Librettist: Luigi Illica
Overview

Puccini’s immortal opera in a new and beautiful staging at the Opera House.

All are enchanted by Puccini’s dramatic opera, Madama Butterfly, the tale of a young woman who falls victim to exploitation and whose butterfly wings are brutally torn asunder. 

The tragic love story of Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San’s encounter with an American lieutenant in Nagasaki is deeply moving and at the same time strikingly corrosive with its critique of imperialism and its portrait of a woman who naively dreams that another life is possible. 

Cio-Cio-San personifies love in its purest form, intensely portrayed by Puccini as a woman betrayed by a reckless, heartless lack of spirit. Madama Butterfly features music of the highest calibre: Her haunting aria, the humming chorus during her nocturnal wait for the naval officer Pinkerton as well as the final dramatic scene where, after a heart-breaking farewell to her little son, she also bids adieu to her own life.

South Korean soprano Karah Son, pupil of the renowned prima donna Mirella Freni, performs the title role. With her beautiful and faceted voice, the part as Cio-Cio-San has become her signature role at opera houses across the world. Alternating with Karah Son is Gisela Stille from the Royal Danish Opera, who will debut in this iconic role. Pinkerton is performed by two internationally recognised tenors: American Evan LeRoy Johnson and New Zealander Thomas Atkins. 

In collaboration with Oper Graz.

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

Royal Danish Theatre - Copenhagen
Location   August Bournonvilles Passage 2-8

The Royal Danish Theatre is the major opera house in Denmark. It has been located at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen since 1748, originally designated as the king's theatre but with public access. The theatre presents opera, the Royal Danish Ballet, classical music concerts (by the Royal Danish Orchestra, which dates back to 1448), and drama in several locations.

The Royal Danish Theatre organization is under the control of the Danish Ministry of Culture, and its objectives are to ensure the staging of outstanding performances that do justice to the various stages that it controls.

The first edifice on the site was designed by court architect Nicolai Eigtved, who also masterminded Amalienborg Palace. In 1774, the old theatre seating 800 theatergoers were reconstructed by architect C.F. Harsdorff to accommodate a larger audience.

During the theatre's first seasons the staffing was modest. Originally, the ensemble consisted of eight actors, four actresses, two male dancers, and one female dancer. Gradually over the following decades, the Royal Danish Theatre established itself as the kind of multi-theatre we know today, home to drama, opera, ballet, and concerts – all under the same roof and management.

An important prerequisite for the theatre's artistic development is its schools. The oldest is the ballet school, established at the theatre in 1771. Two years later, a vocal academy was established as a forerunner for the opera academy. A number of initiatives were considered regarding a drama school, which was established much later.

King Frederik VI, who ascended the throne in 1808, is probably the monarch who most actively took part in the management of the Royal Danish Theatre, not as an arbiter of taste but as its supreme executive chef.

The theatre's bookkeeping accounts of these years show numerous endorsements where the king took personal decisions on everything from wage increases and bonuses to the purchase of shoelaces for the ballerinas. Indeed, the Royal Danish Theatre became the preoccupation of an introverted nation, following the English Wars had suffered a state bankruptcy. "In Denmark, there is only one city and one theatre," as philosopher Søren Kierkegaard put it.

This was the theatre to which the 14-year-old fairytale storyteller Hans Christian Andersen devoted his early ambition. This was also the theatre that became the social and artistic focal point of the many brilliant artists of Denmark's Golden Age.

After the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1849, the Royal Danish Theatre's status as "the city's theatre" fell into decline. No longer enjoying a monopoly within the performing arts, the Royal Danish Theatre was now required by its new owner, the state, to serve the entire nation. The dilapidated building at Kongens Nytorv also found it hard to compete with the splendor of the new popular stage that was rapidly emerging across town. The solution was to construct a brand new theatre building. It was designed in the Historicist style of the times by architects William Dahlerup and Ove Pedersen and situated alongside the old theatre, which was subsequently demolished.

The inauguration of what we today call the Old Stage took place on 15 October 1874. Here opera and ballet were given ample scope. But due to the scale of the building, the auditorium was less suited for spoken drama, which is why a new playhouse was required.

The Royal Danish Theatre has over the past decade undergone the most extensive transformation ever in its over 250-year history. The Opera House in Copenhagen was inaugurated in January 2005, donated by the AP Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, and designed by architect Henning Larsen. And the Royal Danish Playhouse was completed in 2008. Located by Nyhavn Canal across from the Opera House, the playhouse is designed by architects Boje Lundgaard and Lene Tranberg.

Today, the Royal Danish Theatre comprises the Old Stage, located by Kongens Nytorv, the Opera House, and the Royal Danish Playhouse. 

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Copenhagen, Denmark
Starts at: 15:00
Duration: 2h 45min
Sung in: Italian
Titles in: Danish
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