Set in Nagasaki, Japan, “Madame Butterfly” relays the tragic love story shared between Cio-Cio san , a geisha who is also known as Butterfly, and her dashing American paramour, U.S Navy Lieutenant B.F Pinkerton. However, instead of the cliché happily-ever-after ending, the story slowly metamorphoses into one that is melancholic and heart-wrenching.
Directed by acclaimed Andrew Sinclair (resident director of Royal Opera, Convent Garden) and featuring a dynamic cast from Singapore, Spain, Philippines, Japan and Australia, Madame Butterfly is a modern twist on a story of love, lust and lost which promises to leave you enthralled. Watch as the story unravels in Italian with English and Chinese surtitles.
So, why should Singaporeans watch Madame Butterfly? Well, here is a list of reasons from the crew and casts of the opera.
Andrew Sinclair (Director) :” They will experience Puccini's music in all its glory, but hopefully, they will also gain a deeper insight into Butterfly's tragedy, and understand that it is something more than just a romantic story.”
Ng Siew Eng (General Manager of SLO): “I can truly see why Madama Butterfly is one of the best and most popular operas in the world.….The beautiful music is also something that endures with times; it never gets old and no one ever gets tired of these lovely tunes.”
Mako Nishimoto (cast for Madame Butterfly):"Opera is a live performance.You will never see same stage and same music again.You will never see the same performance again. This time, we have a special style with a mixture of many cultures. Come visit and witness how the production can make you feel many wonderful emotions."
Israel Lozano (Cast for Lieutenant B.F Pinkerton): "Madame Butterfly is a "real hit" for the classical opera music and is a "hit love story" with a lasting impact at the end of the performance. This opera combines the passion of classical music, theatre and art design."
Christopher Chua (Set Designer): "The main driving for of my design comes from the exotic lure of the East that captivated millions including Puccini, Pinkerton, Cio-Cio-san and myself. The design which i had created has been influenced by the traditional Japanese aesthetic.In this reconstruction, it reflects the exotic lure of the East that seduces Pinkerton and the isolated world that Cio-Cio-san lives in."
Lifestyle Asia is giving away 3 pairs of $88 tickets (2nd category) worth $546(inclusive of $3 SISTIC fee for each ticket) to Madame Butterfly for 4th February 2013 at the Esplanade Theatre.
To win, simply tell us why you deserve to win a pair of tickets, and email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, IC number and contact details before 28th January 2013. Good luck!