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Gaudeix de tots els espais del Castell de Peralada

MADAMA BUTTERFLY, by G. PUCCINI

The Castle Gardens Auditorium
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A BUTTERFLY TRAPPED IN TIME

Its story and a music that cut straight to the heart and the emotions have turned this piece into one of the most iconic and key operas of the classical repertoire. The “Japanese tragedy” of the maestro Puccini lands in Peralada under the watchful gaze of stage director Joan Anton Rechi, in a co-production between the Festival and the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein. Rechi, who has surrounded himself with loyal collaborators for the occasion – Mercè Paloma has designed the wardrobe and Alfons Flores is responsible for the stage design – presents a disturbing and emotional Madame Butterfly set in the poetic universe of destruction. The story, set in the darkest period of the city of Nagasaki during the Second World War, turns the tragedy that affects the female protagonist immersed in desolation into a collective tragedy, which affects all the characters in the story. As is usual, the Festival has brought together the leading lights of international lyric singing for the opera event of the summer: Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho, the Madame Butterfly of our day, will be Cio-Cio-San in Peralada. Alongside her, American tenor Bryan Hymel and baritone Carlos Álvarez will be the US Navy lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton and Sharpless, US consul in Nagasaki, respectively. Both singers will be appearing together again after having opened the new opera season last December at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with the same work by Puccini. Girona mezzo-soprano Gemma Coma-Alabert, resident artist this year at the Castell de Peralada Festival, will be playing faithful servant Suzuki. The cast is completed by tenor Vicenç Esteve Madrid as Goro and the emerging baritone Carlos Pachón, winner of the Castell de Peralada Festival Extraordinary Prize at the Francesc Viñas Singing Competition, in the role of Prince Yamadori. The Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu returns to the festival and conductor Dan Ettinger will be conducting the Orquestra Simfònica de Bilbao in what will be his début in Spain. Ladies and gentlemen, the show is about to begin!

Opera in three acts

Libretto by Giuseppe GIACOSA and Luigi ILLICA

Based in the homonymous play by David BELASCO, inspired by tale by John LUTHER LONG

Music by Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)

 

Ermonela JAHOCio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly)

Bryan HYMEL, B.F. Pinkerton, lieutenant in the USA navy

Carlos ÁLVAREZ, Sharpless, EUA consul in Nagasaki

Gemma COMA-ALABERT, Suzuki, Cio-Cio-San's servant

Vicenç ESTEVE MADRID, “Goro”

Carles PACHÓN, “Prince Yamadori” – Festival Castell de Peralada Extraordinary Price in Francesc Viñas 2017 competition  winner

 

 

Joan Antón RECHI, stage management

Alfons FLORES, stage conception

Mercè Paloma, costume

Alberto RODRÍGUEZ, lighting conception

Albert ESTANY, stage management assistant

Sarah BERNARDY, stage assistant 

 

COR DEL GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU

Conchita GARCIA, chorus conductor

ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE BILBAO

Dan ETTINGER, conductor

 

A new coproduction by Deutsche Oper Am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg and Festival Internacional de Música Castell de Peralada

PREMIERE IN SPAIN

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