Ballet & Dance

Madama Butterfly

2008/2009 Season Opera

Giacomo Puccini :Madama Butterfly

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


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Conductor : Carlo Montanaro
Production : Kuriyama Tamiya
Scenery Design : Shima Jiro
Costume Design : Maeda Ayako
Lighting Design : Katsushiba Jiro
Revival Director : Taoshita Tetsu
Stage Manager : Osawa Hiroshi

Madama Butterfly : Karine Babajanyan
Pinkerton : Massimiliano Pisapia
Sharpless : Ales Jenis
Suzuki : Obayashi Tomoko
Goro : Matsuura Ken
Lo zio Bonzo : Shimamura Takeo
Il commissario imperiale : Ryu Shinichiro
Il principe Yamadori : Kudo Hiroshi
Kate Pinkerton : Yamashita Makiko
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

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Doors will open 45 minutes before the opening of the performance.


Available from Saturday11 October, 2008 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

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The NNTT premiere of this production was in June 2005. This will be the third performance of this production. The cast is highlighted by Karine Babajanyan as Madama Butterfly. She has performed this role countless times around the world. Pinkerton is played by Massimiliano Pisapia who thrives in this role, as well as in other Puccini operas. Ales Jenis, a rising young baritone, is the cast of Sharpless. Carlo Montanaro, who is establishing quite a career in Europe, is conducting.


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.

Carlo Montanaro
Carlo Montanaro

Karine Babajanyan Massimiliano Pisapia Ales Jenis Obayashi Tomoko Obayashi Tomoko
(Madama Butterfly)
Karine Babajanyan
Massimiliano Pisapia
Ales Jenis
Obayashi Tomoko
Matsuura Ken

Karine Babajanyan Massimiliano Pisapia Ales Jenis Obayashi Tomoko
(Lo zio Bonzo)
Shimamura Takeo
(Il commissario imperiale)
Ryu Shinichiro
(Il principe Yamadori)
Kudo Hiroshi
(Kate Pinkerton)
Yamashita Makiko

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