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13C022A Madame Butterfly: An Introduction to the Opera

13C022A Madame Butterfly: An Introduction to the Opera

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  • Sun 7 Apr ’13, 2:00pm – 5:00pm


Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full course registration: $45.00

This seminar introduces Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly - one of the best loved and most performed operas. Teenaged geisha Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) believes completely in her marriage “in Japanese fashion” to an American naval officer, but it ends in inevitable tragedy. The opera’s plot was sourced in part by Puccini and his librettists from a short story and play that Puccini saw in London.

Puccini’s melodies, at once entrancing and dramatically and emotionally compelling, have a delicacy unique to this Japanese-flavoured opera. The Act 1 love duet, Act 2 flower duet and Cio-Cio-San’s aria “Un bel di” (One fine day) combine this mastery.

The opera depends entirely on the challenging title role. Cio-Cio-San is a finely drawn character; young and naive in the first Act, she becomes in Act 3 impressive in her isolation and determined resignation.

10% early bird discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date.

Held at Victoria Community Continuing Education.

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