Puccini - MADAMA BUTTERFLY Mario Gas sets one of Puccini’s greatest operas in Hollywood in the 1930s. Ermonela Jaho sings Cio-Cio-San. Puccini - MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Duration: 02:32:49"


Giacomo Puccini

Director Mario Gas sets one of Puccini’s greatest operas in Hollywood in the 1930s, creating three simultaneous perspectives: the action on camera, the work behind the scenes and the actual film. Ermonela Jaho sings the role of Cio-Cio-San, a girl tragically in love.

‘One fine day, we’ll meet again‘, sings Cio-Cio-San, longing for the return of her husband. US marine officer Pinkerton chose her, a young Japanese girl, to become his wife when he arrived in Nagasaki. For him, she renounced her family and her religion, and she gave birth to his son. But once Pinkerton’s ship returns to the port of Nagasaki, Cio-Cio-San’s hopes of a happy future together are shattered…

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is one of the most performed operas in the world. Puccini drew inspiration from traditional Japanese music for his adaptation of the short novella by John Luther Long and composed one of his most refined opera scores. His heroine Cio-Cio-San is a woman torn between two civilisations; caught between Eastern and Western culture, between tradition and modernisation.

Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation of the opera on the stage of Madrid’s Teatro Real in a 1930’s film studio where they are working on a film adaptation of Puccini’s opera. Gas opens the opera’s plot up by adding a film crew, offering two interpretations simultaneously: the acting in front of the camera and the actual film. 

Soprano Ermonela Jaho is no stranger to the audience at the Teatro Real and of THE OPERA PLATFORM. In 2015, she dazzled as Violetta Valéry in LA TRAVIATA and in 2016 in the role of Desdemona in OTELLO. Now, she returns to Madrid as Cio-Cio-San. Alongside Jaho, Jorge de León takes the role of Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. Marco Armiliato, a most experienced conductors of the Italian repertoire, will lead the orchestra of the Teatro Real through one of the most unforgettable scores ever written for the opera stage. 


Ermonela Jaho - Cio-Cio-San
Enkelejda Shkosa - Suzuki
Marifé Nogales - Kate Pinkerton
Jorge de León - F. B. Pinkerton
Francisco Vas - Goro
Tomeu Bibiloni - Prince Yamadori
Ángel Ódena - Sharpless
Fernando Radó - The bonze, Cio-Cio-San's uncle
Choir - Principal Chorus of the Teatro Real
Orchestra - Orchestra of the Teatro Real
Composer - Giacomo Puccini
Libretto - Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica
Music director - Marco Armiliato
Director - Mario Gas
Choir director - Andrés Máspero
Sets - Ezio Frigerio
Lighting - Vinicio Cheli
Costumes - Franca Squarciapino

Available until

31 October 2017 at 23h59 CET
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The Opera Platform presents Puccini – MADAMA BUTTERFLY from Teatro Real. Starting 04 July 2017 at 19h15 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.


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