Ballet & Dance


2006/2007 Season Opera

Giacomo Puccini : MADAMA BUTTERFLY

<Opera in 2 Acts>
<Sung in Italian with Japanese Supertitles>


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Conductor : Wakasugi Hiroshi
Production : Kuriyama Tamiya
Scenery Design : Shima Jiro
Costume Design : Maeda Ayako
Lighting Design : Katsushiba Jiro

Madama Butterfly : Okazaki Takako
Pinkerton : Giuseppe Giacomini
Sharpless : Christopher Robertson
Suzuki : Obayashi Tomoko
Goro : Uchiyama Shingo
Bonzo : Shimamura Takeo
Il commissario imperiale : Ryu Shinichiro
Yamadori : Kobayashi Yoshiki
Kate : Yamashita Makiko
L'ufficiale del registro : Miyamoto Toshikazu
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

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Doors will open 45 minutes before the opening of the performance.
Approximate running time : 2 hours 30 minutes

TICKET PRICES (with tax)
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Price(yen) 15,750 12,600 8,400 5,250 3,150 1,500

Even amid Puccini's masterpieces, this work has won global popularity for the beauty of its score and its story filled with love and sadness. It overflows with musical highlights, among them Cio-Cio-san's famous aria "Un bel di," and even a novice operagoer will be captivated by her transformation from a beautiful young girl into a woman of hidden strengths. In the demanding title role we have Okazaki Takako, an internationally renowned soprano who has performed to high acclaim with a number of outstanding opera companies, including the Volksoper Wien


The setting is Nagasaki in the Meiji Era. The U.S. naval officer Pinkerton buys the freedom of 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San in Nagasaki, where his ship docked, and marries her without giving it too much thought. Pinkerton soon departs for America. Despite his long silence, Cio-Cio-San waits for her husband's return in the belief that "one fine day he will come back" and turns down a new proposal of marriage. Finally Pinkerton's ship calls at Nagasaki again. But he is accompanied by his wife Kate. Having seen an unfamiliar American woman and learned the whole truth, Cio-Cio-San kills herself with a dagger left by her father.
<Conductor> <Production>
Wakasugi Hiroshi Kuriyama Tamiya
Wakasugi Hiroshi Kuriyama Tamiya

Okazaki Takako Giuseppe Giacomini Christopher Robertson Obayashi Tomoko
(Madama Butterfly)
Okazaki Takako
Giuseppe Giacomini
Christopher Robertson
Obayashi Tomoko

Uchiyama Shingo Shimamura Takeo Kobayashi Yoshiki Yamashita Makiko
Uchiyama Shingo
Shimamura Takeo
Kobayashi Yoshiki
Yamashita Makiko

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