MADAMA BUTTERFLY

GIACOMO PUCCINI

One of the most emblematic of all operas featuring Lianna Haroutounian and Ainhoa Arteta in her debut as Cio-Cio San

“Whoever cannot live with honour must die with honour”, sings Cio-Cio-san before she commits ritual suicide. Madama Butterfly, one of the best-loved operas of the Italian Verismo movement, now returns to the Liceu in the successful production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. The drama of Cio-Cio-san, the Japanese geisha whose pride and honour are wounded by the American lieutenant Pinkerton, is an enduring favourite among opera fans. The show focusses on the inner drama of Puccini's protagonists, while the highly sensitive visual effects are in perfect harmony with the spirit of the score. The acclaimed Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutourian will be making her Liceu debut in this production, while Basque soprano Ainhoa Arteta, now at her personal and vocal peak, will be singing Cio-Cio-san for the first time.

Madama Butterfly

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. World premiere: 17/02/1904 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. First Barcelona performance: 02/08/1907 at the Teatre del Bosc. First Liceu performance: 10/12/1909. Last Liceu performance: 29/07/2013. Number of Liceu performances: 178.

Artistic profile

Conductor
Giampaolo Bisanti
Stage director
Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier
Revival Director
Gilles Rico
Set desig
Christian Fenouillat
Costumes
Agostino Cavalca
Lighting
Christophe Forey
Coproduction
Gran Teatre del Liceu and Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London)
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Chorus director
Conxita Garcia

Cast

Cio-Cio San, Madama ButterflyLianna Haroutounian12th,15th,19th,21th,28th January
Ainhoa Arteta13th,16th,20th,22th,29th January
SuzukiAna Ibarra12th,15th,19th,21th,28th January
Justina Gringyte13th,16th,20th,22th,29th January
Kate PinkertonMercedes Gancedo
Benjamin Franklin PinkertonJorge de León12th,15th,19th,21th,28th January
Rame Lahaj13th,16th,20th,22th,29th January
SharplessDamián del Castillo12th,15th,19th,21th,28th January
Gabriel Bermúdez13th,16th,20th,22th,29th January
GoroChristophe Mortagne12th,15th,19th,21th,28th January
Moisés Marín13th,16th,20th,22th,29th January
Prince YamadoriIsaac Galán
The BonzeFelipe Bou

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January 2019

12Saturday20:00Turn CFee 2
13Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 2
15Tuesday20:00Turn DFee 3
16Wednesday20:00Turn BFee 3
19Saturday20:00Turn EFee 2
20Sunday17:00Turn TFee 2
21Monday20:00Turn AFee 3
22Tuesday20:00Turn PCFee 3
28Monday20:00Turn HFee 3
29Tuesday20:00Turn PEADFee 3

Approximate running time 2h 50m

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.