Giacomo Puccini
Madama Butterfly

opera in three acts

Saturday | 21 October 2017|19:00

Age 12+


Libretto – Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa based on the play "Geisha" by David Belasco
Conductor of the Production – People’s Artist of Belarus Tatyana Kolomiyceva
Director of the Production – the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus Oleg Moralev

Artist of the Production – Ivan Sanin
Costume Designer – Ivan Peshkur
Choirmaster – People's Artist of Belarus Nina Lomanovich
Conductors – the Honoured Artist of Ukraine Victor Ploskina, Vyacheslav Volich, Andrew Galanov, Andrey Ivanov
Director - Galina Galkovskaya

Performed in the Italian language.
Duration – 2 hours 50 minutes with 2 intervals.
Premiere – November 29,1953
Revival – December 2, 1965


Чио-Чио-сан -  Нина Шарубина

Сузуки - Елена Сало

Пинкертон - Сергей Франковский

Шарплес - Владимир Петров

Горо - Юрий Болотько

Принц Ямадори - Сергей Лазаревич

Бонза - Олег Мельников

Кэт- Ольга Кажгалиева

Комиссар - Александр Дриневский

Дирижер – Виктор Плоскина

Act 1
Pinkerton, an American naval lieutenant, is taking a look around the house he has rented, where he is soon to be wed to Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly). Goro, a matchmaker, is helping him.
Wedding guests arrive, including Sharpless, the American consul (ambassador) and relatives of the bride. Realising that Pinkerton is not serious about the marriage, Sharpless tries to talk him out of going through with the ceremony, but to no avail: «Pick flowers where it is possible», retorts Pinkerton. Cio-Cio-San appears together with her kindred and friends. So strong is her love for Pinkerton, that she has adopted the Christain faith.
After the wedding, everyone leaves except for the newlyweds and Cio-Cio-San’s relatives. They all toast to the couple’s health, but are rudely interrupted by Zio Bonzo, Cio-Cio-San’s uncle. He is incensed at her actions and curses her for her betrayal (apostasy). The relatives join him in agreement. Pinkerton drives them away and promises his downcast and depressed wife to replace the relatives who have just deserted her.

Act 2
Soon after the wedding, Pinkerton left for overseas. Three years have now passed by. Dutifully and silently, Cio-Cio-San awaits her husband’s return. She argues furiously with Suzuki, her faithful maid, who believes foreign husbands never return.
Enter Sharpless and Goro. Sharpless has a letter with him from Pinkerton that tells that he has married an American woman. Sharpless begins reading the letter, but is not allowed to finish, for, as Cio-Cio-San hears that her husband is well and bound to return soon, she stops him.
Yamadori, a prince and suitor, enters. Goro has set up this possible match, but the prince is politely refused and withdraws. Sharpless advises Cio-Cio-San to accept the match and hints that Pinkerton might well not return. In desperation, Cio-Cio-San calls for her fair-headed little son and asks Sharpless to write a letter back to the father who knows nothing of the son’s existance. Somewhat agitated, Sharpless promises to write that a «lovely blue-eyed son is waiting for him».
A gunshot, announcing the arrival of an American ship in port, is heard. Pinkerton must surely be on it! Cio-Cio-San decorates the house with flowers, changes into her wedding dress and together with her son and Suzuki waits for his entrance.

Act 3
All night long they wait. No Pinkerton. Suzuki urges Cio-Cio-San to sleep. She finally relents and retires to her bedroom with her son.
Pinkerton now appears with his American wife and Sharpless. He has come to take away his son. Suzuki enquires after the woman, and Sharpless tells her who she is. Pinkerton is frightened of meeting Cio-Cio-San and charges Sharpless to do the dirty job. He leaves.
Hearing voices, Cio-Cio-San rushes, certain to find her husband. Of course he is nowhere, but she sees the woman and guesses her identity. Shaken to the core, Cio-Cio-San obeys her husband’s will and hands over her son to Sharpless. They leave.
The grief and dishonour is too much for her to bear and she kills herself. Pinkerton does return later only to find her cold body.

Performed in the Italian language.
Duration – 2 hours 50 minutes with 2 intervals.
Premiere – November 29,1953
Revival – December 2, 1965