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Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
To

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

February 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, AND 25, 2022


TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is two hours and 45 minutes including one 25-minute intermission



When young Cio-Cio-San’s life in Nagasaki collides with American naval officer Pinkerton, the devastating consequences that follow give rise to one of Puccini’s most powerful and unforgettable operas.

Staged by Canadian director Aria Umezawa, whose artistic practice focuses on innovation and social impact, Madama Butterfly explores the journey to womanhood and the impossible choices facing a young woman caught between cultures. Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura stars in the iconic title role with American tenor Stephen Costello as Pinkerton and Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson leading the acclaimed COC Orchestra and Chorus.


Credits
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson
Director Brian Macdonald
Set Designer Susan Benson
Costume Designer Susan Benson
Lighting Designer Michael Whitfield
Revival Director Aria Umezawa
Revival Lighting Designer David Tkach
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Original Director: Brian Macdonald
Revival Director: Aria Umezawa
Revival Lighting Designer: Davida Tkach
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Cio-Cio San: Eri Nakamura
Pinkerton: Stephen Costello
Suzuki: Guang Yang
Sharpless: Adrian Timpau
Goro: Julius Ahn
Prince Yamadori: SeungHyeon Baek
Kate Pinkerton: Jamie Groote


With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production
The Story

Story

ACT I  

A house in Nagasaki

Goro, the marriage broker, and Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton of the United States Navy are inspecting the house where Pinkerton will live with his Japanese bride-to-be, Cio-Cio San (called “Butterfly” by her friends). Sharpless, the American Consul, arrives and expresses doubt about the wisdom of Pinkerton’s imminent marriage. Pinkerton makes it clear that this will not be a permanent union, for he plans to marry an American woman later on. Butterfly and her relatives enter, together with Japanese marriage officials, and the consul becomes more concerned when he learns that Butterfly is deeply in love with Pinkerton and is taking their marriage seriously. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the Bonze, a Japanese High Priest and Butterfly’s cousin. He curses Butterfly for renouncing the faith of her ancestors and becoming a Christian. Pinkerton and Butterfly affirm their love for each other and consummate their union.

 

ACT II 

Three years later

Butterfly and her companion Suzuki pray for the return of Pinkerton, who has gone away and not yet returned from the United States. Sharpless enters with news that Pinkerton will soon arrive in Japan, but suggests that Pinkerton might not return to her. Butterfly remains firm in her commitment to Pinkerton, who has fathered her young son, and when the wealthy Prince Yamadori arrives she refuses his offer of marriage. A cannon salute in the harbour announces the arrival of Pinkerton’s ship, and Butterfly and Suzuki decorate the house in anticipation of his return.

 

ACT III 

The next morning

Suzuki is asleep, as is Butterfly’s son, Sorrow. Butterfly has kept watch through the night. Suzuki wakes and persuades Butterfly to sleep, promising to wake her the moment Pinkerton arrives. Sharpless enters with Pinkerton, who, unable to face Butterfly, leaves before she sees him. Butterfly realizes that Pinkerton has abandoned her forever, forcing her to acknowledge that her life no longer holds any honour. She kills herself, leaving her young son behind.

 

 

Production Underwriters, artist sponsors, corporate recognition

Production originally made possible by John A. Cook

  • Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


    Conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson
    Director Brian Macdonald
    Set Designer Susan Benson
    Costume Designer Susan Benson
    Lighting Designer Michael Whitfield
    Revival Director Aria Umezawa
    Revival Lighting Designer David Tkach
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
    Original Director: Brian Macdonald
    Revival Director: Aria Umezawa
    Revival Lighting Designer: Davida Tkach
    Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

    Cio-Cio San: Eri Nakamura
    Pinkerton: Stephen Costello
    Suzuki: Guang Yang
    Sharpless: Adrian Timpau
    Goro: Julius Ahn
    Prince Yamadori: SeungHyeon Baek
    Kate Pinkerton: Jamie Groote


    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production
  • Story

    ACT I  

    A house in Nagasaki

    Goro, the marriage broker, and Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton of the United States Navy are inspecting the house where Pinkerton will live with his Japanese bride-to-be, Cio-Cio San (called “Butterfly” by her friends). Sharpless, the American Consul, arrives and expresses doubt about the wisdom of Pinkerton’s imminent marriage. Pinkerton makes it clear that this will not be a permanent union, for he plans to marry an American woman later on. Butterfly and her relatives enter, together with Japanese marriage officials, and the consul becomes more concerned when he learns that Butterfly is deeply in love with Pinkerton and is taking their marriage seriously. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the Bonze, a Japanese High Priest and Butterfly’s cousin. He curses Butterfly for renouncing the faith of her ancestors and becoming a Christian. Pinkerton and Butterfly affirm their love for each other and consummate their union.

     

    ACT II 

    Three years later

    Butterfly and her companion Suzuki pray for the return of Pinkerton, who has gone away and not yet returned from the United States. Sharpless enters with news that Pinkerton will soon arrive in Japan, but suggests that Pinkerton might not return to her. Butterfly remains firm in her commitment to Pinkerton, who has fathered her young son, and when the wealthy Prince Yamadori arrives she refuses his offer of marriage. A cannon salute in the harbour announces the arrival of Pinkerton’s ship, and Butterfly and Suzuki decorate the house in anticipation of his return.

     

    ACT III 

    The next morning

    Suzuki is asleep, as is Butterfly’s son, Sorrow. Butterfly has kept watch through the night. Suzuki wakes and persuades Butterfly to sleep, promising to wake her the moment Pinkerton arrives. Sharpless enters with Pinkerton, who, unable to face Butterfly, leaves before she sees him. Butterfly realizes that Pinkerton has abandoned her forever, forcing her to acknowledge that her life no longer holds any honour. She kills herself, leaving her young son behind.

     

     

    Production Underwriters, artist sponsors, corporate recognition

    Production originally made possible by John A. Cook

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2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD.

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini
To

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

February 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, AND 25, 2022


TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is two hours and 45 minutes including one 25-minute intermission



When young Cio-Cio-San’s life in Nagasaki collides with American naval officer Pinkerton, the devastating consequences that follow give rise to one of Puccini’s most powerful and unforgettable operas.

Staged by Canadian director Aria Umezawa, whose artistic practice focuses on innovation and social impact, Madama Butterfly explores the journey to womanhood and the impossible choices facing a young woman caught between cultures. Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura stars in the iconic title role with American tenor Stephen Costello as Pinkerton and Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson leading the acclaimed COC Orchestra and Chorus.

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