23 December 2014 at 3.17pm | 1 Comment
'Madama Butterfly is a dark work, because not only is it the story of a young Japanese girl being abused, but it tells of a tragic situation that has been repeated so many times across the world', says co-director Patrice Caurier of one of Puccini's most famous operas.
The opera tells the story of Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of dashing American officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, who finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return.
'It's an incredibly strong story with incredible music', says his creative partner Moshe Leiser. 'It's about an American Imperialist view of a culture that they don't consider to be as valid as theirs – they're very clear that it's fine to be with a Japanese girl for a night or two, but they'll go back to America to get married to a legitimate, white, rich and respectable woman. It's a shocking but very important story to tell.
'What's amazing with Cio-Cio-San is the faith that she has put in Pinkerton's love. You can call that heroism, trust, naivety or silliness', says Moshe of one of opera's great tragic heroines, to be sung for six performances of this revival by Latvian soprano Kristīne Opolais. 'She's a fantastic singer and a wonderful performer. I'm sure she'll bring the audience to intelligent, emotional tears.'
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