Giacomo Puccini

Madama Butterfly

Conductor: Lukas Karytinos
Director-sets-costumes: Hugo de Ana

31 May 2017
2, 3, 4, 7 June 2017

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Starts at: 21.00
Within the framework of the Athens Festival

Lighting: Vinicio Cheli
Projection designs: Sergio Metalli - Ideogamma
Movement: Leda Lojodice
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos

Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly): Cellia Costea (31/5, 3,7/6) 
 Sae Kyung Rim (2,4/6)
Suzuki Cio-Cio-San’s maid:
Elena Cassiàn
Kate Pinkerton:
Eleni Voudouraki
Pinkerton lieutenant in the United States Navy:
Stefano Secco (31/5, 3/6)
 Dimitris Paksoglou (2,4,7/6)
Sharpless United States consul at Nagasaki:
Dionyssis Sourbis
Goro a marriage broker:
Christos Kechris
Prince Yamadori:
Charalambos Velissarios
The Bonze Cio-Cio-San’s uncle:
Dimitris Kassioumis
Christos Lazos
Imperial commissioner:
Yiannis Selitsaniotis
Official registrar:
Sotiris Kolydas 
Cio-Cio-San’s mother:
Amalia Avloniti
Vaia Kofou
Fotini Hadjidaki

With the
GNO Orchestra, Chorus and soloists

In Italian, with Greek and English surtitles


Famous for its wonderful arias, its highly melodic music and dramatic story, Madama Butterfly remains one of the most touching operatic stories and one of Puccini’s masterpieces.
The monumental production, directed by Hugo de Ana, will be staged for just five performances at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater, conducted by Lukas Karytinos.
The opera tells the tale of the fatal love of a 15-year old geisha Cio-Cio-San for Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the US Navy. After an absence of 3 years, the officer returns to Japan with his American wife, and learns that he has acquired a son with Butterfly. She agrees to hand the child over to Pinkerton, but then commits suicide.
Puccini’s “Japanese tragedy”, with its excellent depiction of Cio-Cio-San’s character, sheds musical light on the stark differences between the two cultures of Japan and the West-America.
In the five performances of the highly popular Madama Butterfly, the audience will have the chance to relish leading soloists such as Cellia Costea, Stefano Secco, Dimitris Paksoglou, Dionyssis Sourbis, and others.

Ticket prices: €25, €45, €55, €60, €85, €100
Student, reduced: €15


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