Madama Butterfly – Opera
“And the geisha will sing, as she used to do. And the happy song will end in a sob”
East and West collide with tragic results in Puccini’s devastating opera about a trusting young Japanese bride and the callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her. Famous highlights including Butterfly’s aria ‘Un bel dì’, the joyous Flower Duet and the haunting Humming Chorus emerge from a score of consistent beauty and power, which goes straight for the emotional jugular and seldom fails to reduce even the hardest hearts to tears.
Director Christine Crouse’s “visually arresting” production, with Kabuki-inspired designs by Michael Mitchell, was a sell-out sensation at its first run in 2009. The role of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) is played by Russian-born guest soprano, Tatiana Monogarova with South African tenor Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi in the lead male role of Pinkerton, the American naval officer. The Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus under the baton of Albert Horne joins the multi-talented cast in this heart-rending opera.
Opera House at Artscape on 19, 21, 25 and 27 September 2013
Computicket : Cost: R125 – R350 per person