Tickets SEK 100–655. 12 performances. Included in Weekday subcriptions, and can be selected in Your Choice.
Revival premiere for Puccinis excruciatingly beautiful opera, directed by Yoshi Oïda. A heart-rending tragedy about cultural clashes and human relationships.
A three-act opera by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924). Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
Performed in Italian with surtitles in both Swedish and English.
“An absolutely astonishing performance”— GP
”Yoshi Oïdas direction is magnificent”— Radio p4 Sjuhärad
While stationed in Japan, the American naval officer Pinkerton buys himself a young wife – the geisha Madame Butterfly. For Pinkerton it is all a game, but Butterfly commits entirely to her new role as an American wife, cutting all ties to her culture and family. After their child is born, the relationship becomes a matter of life and death.
This acclaimed 2016 production has great authenticity, thanks to its director Yoshi Oïda, who grew up during the post-war colonisation of Japan by the USA. Like many others, Oïda looked up to the American soldiers and was attracted by the Western lifestyle, but had too much pride to show it, unlike his young friends.
We have chosen to present an earlier version of the work (Brescia) than the version which is more usually performed. The Brescia version is a less polite narrative that is more critical of colonialism and exoticism. The South Korean soprano Karah Son, reappears in the title role, while Irish tenor Aaron Cawley is new to the role of Pinkerton. Conducted by Henrik Schaefer, Musical Director for the Göteborg Opera Orchestra.
Japanese cliché or the real thing?
Listen to the panel discussion introducing the 2016 production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Participants: director Yoshi Oïda, conductor Manlio Benzi and soloist Jung Nan Yoon (Butterfly). Our invited guest was Yael Feiler, PhD – expert on post-colonial theory.
Göran Gademan (dramaturge) chairs the panel and the discussion is in English.
Photos from the 2016 production
Costume design sketches by Thibault Vancraenenbroeck