PERFORMANCE OF PUCCINI’S OPERA MADAME BUTTERFLY ON 24TH DECEMBER TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS SINCE THE PREMIERE

Performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, under the baton of Zorica Mitev Vojnović and with a soprano Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović in the title role, will be given on Wednesday, 24 December (19:00 h), on the Main Stage in order to celebrate 30th anniversary of the premiere.
The role of Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the American Navy, will be interpreted by tenor Dejan Maksimović; Madame Butterfly’s maid Suzuki will be interpreted by mezzo soprano Višnja Radosav; American consul Sharpless by baritone Vladimir Andrić, while Bonze, uncle of Cio-Cio San, will be interpreted by bass-baritone Aleksandar Stamatović.  
The cast also includes Pavle Žarkov (Commissioner), Svetlana Nestorov (Kate Pinkerton), Danilo Stošić (Goro) and Vuk Zekić (Yamadori).
Mileta Leskovac designed the set and Svetlana Čkonjević designed the costumes.
Madame Butterfly, an opera in two acts, will have its 99th performance on 24th December. The production, under the baton of Nikolaj Žličar, directed by Dejan Miladinović, premiered on 15th December 1984.
The cast: Radmila Smiljanić (Cio-Cio-San), Breda Kalef (Suzuki), Svetlana Bojčević (Kate Pinkerton), Krunoslav Cigoj (B. F. Pinkerton), Goran Gligorić (Sharpless), Jovo Reljin (Goro), Vladimir Jovanović (Princ Yamadori), Dušan Janković (Bonzo), Toma Jovanović (The Imperial Commissioner) and Danilo Mataruga (Cio-Cio San's child).
In the meantime, the title role was interpreted by Gordana Jeftović, Nina Abt-Neifert, guest artist, Višnja Pavlović – Drakulić and Vjera Miranović Mikić.
Since 2000, the role of Cio-Cio San has been interpreted by Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović and Suzana Šuvaković Savić.
In season 2001/2002, the production toured Limassol, Cyprus, with a lot of success.
Madame Butterfly was performed for the first time in La scala in Milan on 17th February 1904.
The opera possesses all characteristics of Puccini’s musical and dramatic style: intimate and affectionate lyrics, sudden and often brutal contrasts, temperamental outbursts, exciting gradations, interesting and mosaic music, intensive orchestral emphasis of drama and affectionate melody lines in line with the Italian operatic tradition.
In addition, the opera possesses remarkably styled elements of Japanese folklore, thus giving special character to Puccini’s score.
Libretto, based on the play by the same name by John Long and David Belasco, was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
The first Belgrade opening of the opera took place on 11 February 1920.
M.B.