MADAMA BUTTERFLY remains one of the most beloved Puccini operas – and one of his most difficult works for contemporary directors as it touches topics such as colonialism and male dominance. Kirsten Dehlholm, founder of the Danish artistic collective Hotel Pro Forma, talks about her vision for a modern approach to the opera and its heroine.
‘Puccini is dollar’ was the view of Latvian National Opera’s chief at the end of his sold-out VIVA PUCCINI festival in Riga.
Highlights from their Puccini Gala complement the showcase staging of his most popular opera LA BOHEME from Oslo, along with a longer extract of his first great success MANON LESCAUT from Brussels and a complete performance of his only comedy GIANNI SCHICCHI from Lyon. Together they show his unrivalled gift of melody which speaks directly to the heart. His motto was: ‘I want to make people weep: therein lies everything.’
It was 1896 when Giacomo Puccini presented the world première of LA BOHÈME at Teatro Regio di Torino, fifty years after the publication of SCÈNES DE LA VIE DE BOHÈME by Henri Murger, published in instalments between 1845 and 1849 on the literary journal LE CORSAIRE.