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May 18

Stadio di Domiziano – via di Tor Sanguigna, 3 (Piazza Navona). The show starts at 8:30 pm – full price tickets from € 30 up to € 40

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The passion of the famous opera by Puccini in a delightful 90-minute shortened version in the wonderful location of the Stadium of Domitian, among the ancient ruins of the archaeological site lying under Piazza NavonaMadama Butterfly is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa based on the short story “Madame Butterfly” (1898) by John Luther Long. Its original version, in two acts, had its premiere on 17 February 1904 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

In 1904, a U.S. Naval officer named Pinkerton rents a house on a hill in Nagasaki for himself and his soon-to-be wife, “Butterfly“. Her real name is Ciocio-san (the Japanese word for “butterfly”), a 15-year-old girl whom he is marrying for convenience, since he intends to leave her once he finds a proper American wife, and since Japanese divorce laws are very lax.

Three years later, Butterfly and her son are still waiting for Pinkerton to return, as he had left shortly after their wedding. Pinkerton arrives at the house, along with his new American wife. They have come because they have agreed to raise the child. But, as Pinkerton sees how Butterfly has decorated the house for his return, he realizes he has made a huge mistake. He admits that he is a coward and cannot face her, leaving other people to break the news to Butterfly. Agreeing to give up her child if Pinkerton comes himself to see her, she then prays to statues of her ancestral gods, says goodbye to her son, and blindfolds him. She places a small American flag in his hands and goes behind a screen, cutting her throat with her father’s hara-kiri knife.

Directed by Giuseppe Tedeschi with choreography by Minea de Mattia. Performers: Rossana Cardia (Butterfly), Olivia Andreini (Suzuky), Fabio Andreotti (Pinkerton), Mauro Utzeri (Sharpless), Max Bartucci (dancers, mime actors), Maria Chiara Grasso (dancers, mime actors), Barbara Painvain (cello), Valerio De Negri (clarinet), Davide Dellisanti (piano).

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