Educational Programme for High School Students "Madama Butterfly"
FY 2022 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co-presented by Japan Arts Council and Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Presented by New National Theatre, Tokyo
Corporate Sponsorship by
Educational Programme for High School Students is sponsored by the generous gift from Ms. TSUNEMATSU Midoriko.
Music by Giacomo PUCCINI
Opera in 2 Acts
Sung in Italian with English and Japanese surtitles
8 Jul - 16 Jul, 2022 ( 6 Performances )
Running time is approx. 2 hours 40 mins including an interval
The Educational Programme for High School Students started in 1998 and held every year, especially to give young people the opportunity to experience world-class opera productions. Performances are presented as a full-length opera with live orchestral music just as same as all the other performances at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
This year, we will present the opera "Madama Butterfly" which has been most frequently performed as part of the Educational Programme.
Composed by Giacomo PUCCINI, "Madama Butterfly" set in Meiji-era Nagasaki tells the sad story of Lieutenant Pinkerton and his marriage of convenience to Madama Butterfly. Musical highlights include Pinkerton's , Pinkerton and Madama Butterfly's love duet in Act 1, Madama Butterfly's in Act 2 and the parting aria Madama Butterfly sings to her son in the climatic ending scene <Tu, Tu Piccolo Iddio>.
Director KURIYAMA Tamiya (former Artistic Director of Drama) presents the relationship between the East and West as a clear global contrast, focusing on the drama that captures the polarity, drawing out the concept. This is represented symbolically by the American flag fluttering on stage; the simple device further complements the story.
* Please note that there might be changes depending on the Covid-19 situation.
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Set in Meiji-period Nagasaki. US naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, who is about to take a young Japanese bride, is inspecting a house he is leasing from Goro, a marriage broker. He boasts that he can terminate the lease and marriage any time, but the American consul Sharpless, who knows that the bride is serious about the marriage, is worried about his frivolous attitude.
The procession of the bride and her friends arrives. Cio-Cio-San, who sings that she is the happiest girl in the world, admits that she is fifteen. Her family was once wealthy but her father was forced to commit suicide, and she now earns her living as a geisha. The ceremony is interrupted by her uncle Bonzo, a Buddhist priest, who denounces her for abandoning her faith. Festivities over, the couple retreat and enjoy the wedding night.
Three years have passed since Pinkerton has left for America. Cio-Cio-San awaits his return, believing his promise that he would come again 'when the robins build their nests'. Sharpless and Goro advise her to remarry, but she declines, as she has had a son by Pinkerton in his absence. Sharpless, who knows that Pinkerton has wed an American wife, leaves in shock. Eventually, Pinkerton's ship arrives in Nagasaki harbor. Cio-Cio-San and Suzuki, her loyal maid, decorate the house with flowers and await his arrival but he doesn't appear.
As Cio-Cio-San rests, Sharpless brings Pinkerton and Kate, Pinkerton's new wife, and Suzuki receives them. Pinkerton is full of remorse and runs from the scene. Cio-Cio-San sees Kate instead of Pinkerton and she agrees to give up her child so he could be brought up in America. She takes a final farewell of her child and stabs herself with her father's dagger, choosing "to die with honor rather than live in shame". Pinkerton is heard desperately calling her name.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: BAN Tetsuro
Production: KURIYAMA Tamiya
Set Design: SHIMA Jiro
Costume Design: MAEDA Ayako
Lighting Design: KATSUSHIBA Jiro
Madama Butterfly: KINOSHITA Mihoko (8, 12, 15 July) / MORIYA Mari (11, 14, 16 July)
Pinkerton: MURAKAMI Kota (8, 12, 15 July) / JO Hironori (11, 14, 16 July)
Sharpless: NARITA Hiroyuki (8, 12, 15 July) / KONDO Kei (11, 14, 16 July)
Suzuki: KOBAYASHI Yuka (8, 12, 15 July) / TAJIMA Yuka (11, 14, 16 July)
Goro: ITOGA Shuhei (8, 12, 15 July) / MASUJIMA Tadahiro (11, 14, 16 July)
Bonzo: ITO Takayuki (8, 12, 15 July) / HATAKEYAMA Shigeru (11, 14, 16 July)
Il commissario imperiale: UENO Hiroyuki (8, 12, 15 July) / CHIBA Yuichi (11, 14, 16 July)
Il Principe Yamadori: TAKAHASHI Masanao (8, 12, 15 July) / YOSHIKAWA Kenichi (11, 14, 16 July)
Kate Pinkerton: SATO Michiko (8, 12, 15 July) / SOGO Shoko (11, 14, 16 July)
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
¥2,200 (High School Students)
Booking Opens: Wed, 29 Jun 2022, 10:00am
*Tikcets for over age of 19.
Booking for Under-18 tickets (Below High School Student Age) Opens: Sun, 22 May 2022, 10:00am
*Tickets will be sold only for the performances with available seats. Limited to one ticket per person.
*The tickets will be sold for all seats as normal (except the seats in rows 1-2 on the 1st Floor).
*Tickets prices are tax included.
*There is no concession prices.
*Please note that further changes or cancellations may be required as the coronavirus situation develops or to comply with requests from the Government.
- No admittance to pre-school children. Each child older than this age requires a ticket for entry, even when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- In case you correspond to the conditions as mentioned on this page or if you choose not to attend the performance due to prevent infection, please be sure to call the New National Theatre, Tokyo Box Office in advance.
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- Users of wheelchairs are requested to contact the Box Office.
- Please note that cast change may be required depending on the situation.