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Madama Butterfly

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Sunday 06 June 202114:00
Wednesday 09 June 202119:30
Saturday 12 June 202120:00
Saturday 19 June 202119:00
Tuesday 22 June 202119:30
Friday 25 June 202119:00
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)Madama ButterflyLibretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Zurich Opera
Marco ArmiliatoConductor
Ted HuffmanDirector
Michael LevineSet Designer
Annemarie WoodsCostume Designer
Ana María MartínezSopranoCio-Cio-san (Madama Butterfly)
Saimir PirguTenorPinkerton
Brian MulliganBaritoneSharpless
Judith SchmidMezzo-sopranoSuzuki2021 Jun 06 mat, 09, 12, 19, 25
Katia LedouxContraltoSuzuki2021 Jun 22
Ildo SongBassThe Bonze
Xiaomeng ZhangBaritonePrince Yamadori, The Official Registrar
Martin ZyssetTenorGoro
Brent Michael SmithBassThe Imperial Commissioner
Erica PetrocelliSopranoKate Pinkerton
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Fabio DietscheDramaturgy
Sonoko Kamimura-OsternChoreography
Ernst RaffelsbergerChoirmaster / chorus director
Zurich Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Zürich

In the middle of the 19th century, the American navy forced Japan to open its ports to international trade. As a result, knowledge of Japanese culture made its way to the West, inspiring numerous artists. Giacomo Puccini found himself inspired by the story of Madama Butterfly, in which American and Japanese cultures collide. The newly discovered world of sounds coming from Asian cultures inspired him to create his most ambitious score to date.  The tragic story is the tale of the American military lieutenant Pinkerton, who marries the young geisha Butterfly for the duration of his time in Japan. After he returns to America, Butterfly waits in vain with their son for his return, nearly breaking down in the process. With achingly beautiful and calmly abstract images, and grand narrative tension, American stage director Ted Huffman thrilled audiences with his debut production at the Opernhaus Zürich. In this revival, Ana María Martínez will make her house debut in the title role. The Puerto Rican soprano has already sung the role to great acclaim at the Viennese State Opera, the Opéra de Paris and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. As in the premiere, Pinkerton and Sharpless will be sung by Saimir Pirgu and Brian Mulligan, respectively. At the podium of the Philharmonia Zürich is Marco Armiliato.

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