PUCCINI’S OPERA MADAME BUTTERFLY CELEBRATES 30 YEARS SINCE THE PREMIERE

Performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, under the baton of Zorica Mitev Vojnović with a soprano Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović in the title role, was given on Wednesday, 24 December on the Main Stage, thus celebrating 30th anniversary of the premiere.
The role of Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the American Navy, was interpreted by tenor Dejan Maksimović; Madame Butterfly’s maid Suzuki was interpreted by mezzo soprano Višnja Radosav; American consul Sharpless by baritone Vladimir Andrić, while Bonze, uncle of Cio-Cio San, was interpreted by bass-baritone Aleksandar Stamatović.  
The cast also included Pavle Žarkov (Commissioner), Svetlana Nestorov (Kate Pinkerton), Danilo Stošić (Goro), Vuk Zekić (Yamadori) and Tina Nikolovski (Cio-Cio San's child).
Madame Butterfly, an opera in two acts, had its 99th performance on 24th December. The production, under the baton of Nikolaj Žličar, directed by Dejan Miladinović, premiered on 15th December 1984.
The cast: Radmila Smiljanić (Cio-Cio-San), Breda Kalef (Suzuki), Svetlana Bojčević (Kate Pinkerton), Krunoslav Cigoj (B. F. Pinkerton), Goran Gligorić (Sharpless), Jovo Reljin (Goro), Vladimir Jovanović (Princ Yamadori), Dušan Janković (Bonzo), Toma Jovanović (The Imperial Commissioner) and Danilo Mataruga (Cio-Cio San's child).
In the meantime, the title role was interpreted by Gordana Jeftović, Nina Abt-Neifert, guest artist, Višnja Pavlović – Drakulić and Vjera Miranović Mikić.
Since 2000, the role of Cio-Cio San has been interpreted by Jasmina Trumbetaš Petrović and Suzana Šuvaković Savić.
In season 2001/2002, the production toured Limassol, Cyprus, with a lot of success.
Madame Butterfly was performed for the first time in La scala in Milan on 17th February 1904.
The opera possesses all characteristics of Puccini’s musical and dramatic style: intimate and affectionate lyrics, sudden and often brutal contrasts, temperamental outbursts, exciting gradations, interesting and mosaic music, intensive orchestral emphasis of drama and affectionate melody lines in line with the Italian operatic tradition.
In addition, the opera possesses remarkably styled elements of Japanese folklore, thus giving special character to Puccini’s score.
Libretto, based on the play by the same name by John Long and David Belasco, was written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
The first Belgrade opening of the opera took place on 11 February 1920.
M.B.