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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-wrenching story of a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her new husband, a visiting American naval officer, will stay faithful and return to her. In this live transmission from 2016, soprano Kristine Opolais stars as Cio-Cio-San, with tenor Roberto Alagna as Lt. Pinkerton, in Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Japan, at the turn of the 20th century. The 15-year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San, called Butterfly, enters into an arranged marriage with U.S. Navy Lieu-tenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. He just wants to enjoy himself, but she takes the union seriously, even converting to Christianity. On her wedding day, she endures the scorn of her entire family, who denounces her for betraying their traditional faith.
Three years later, Butterfly is still waiting for Pinkerton, who returned to America shortly after the marriage. A rich Japanese prince asks her to marry him, but she rejects his proposal, claiming that her husband has not deserted her. The American consul Sharpless visits, but before he can break the news that Pinkerton will soon arrive with his new American wife, Butterfly shows him her young son. Sharpless can’t bring himself to tell her the truth. Pinkerton’s ship arrives in the harbor, and Butterfly, her maid Suzuki, and the child settle into an all-night vigil.
Dawn breaks, and Butterfly is still waiting. When she is confront-ed with the truth in the person of Kate Pinkerton, she agrees to give up her son if Pinkerton will come for him. Knowing she cannot continue to live without honor, she says goodbye to her child, blindfolds him, and kills herself as Pinkerton arrives.
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