“Madama Butterfly” Opera
Set in Meiji period Nagasaki and punctuated with vibrant melodies such as the well-known aria “Un bel dì, vedremo”, Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is known and loved around the world. The Japan depicted by Puccini, who had never actually set foot in the country, feels incredibly authentic and we can only marvel at his deep insight and imagination.
This production by the New National Theatre, Tokyo is directed by Tamiya Kuriyama and casts a sharp eye on the social background of the story, especially Japan’s relationship with America at the time. No matter how many times you have seen it, you will find something new in this outstanding production.
This season, Madama Butterfly is played by Yasko Sato, one of the most sought-after Japanese sopranos for this role. It’s also noteworthy that celebrated American tenor Stephen Costello makes his role debut as Pinkerton at the NNTT. His beautiful and noble voice is perfectly suited to the role of the handsome but naïve naval officer who captures Cio-Cio-San’s heart.