Presented by Musica Viva
Acknowledgement: Leisure and Cultural Services Department
An Opera in 3 Acts
Performed in Italian with Chinese and English Surtitles
Madama Butterfly is a love story as old as time. Enchanted by the quaint customs of the east, American naval officer Pinkerton takes a young geisha girl for his wife. Butterfly falls deeply in love, believing her marriage as a lifetime commitment while Pinkerton treats it as a temporary arrangement for his fleeting pleasure. He goes home with his ship, leaving Butterfly behind. She gives birth to his child. Three years have passed; she waits faithfully for his return with unwavering hope, only to find herself betrayed and abandoned. Her dream shattered, Butterfly sacrifices her own life to preserve her honour.
Premiered in 1904, Madama Butterfly is one of the best-loved of all operas. Its enduring popularity is due to Puccini’s ravishingly beautiful music, Butterfly’s charming and faithful character, and the heart-wrenching story presented in the libretto by Giacosa and Illica. It takes the audience on an emotionally charged journey through innocence, betrayal and sacrifice towards a heart-breaking finale.
This new production marks the 10th anniversary of Musica Viva, which celebrated its inauguration with this same opera in 2008. Now, conducted by Lio Kuokman, Laureate of the Svetlanov Conducting Competition in Paris, and directed by Lo Kingman, the prolific opera producer, these performances will feature a brilliant international cast supported by Hong Kong’s best musicians, choristers, designers and theatre practitioners.
For details, please refer to the website of the presenter: Musica Viva