Opera on the Big Screen
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American Naval officer Pinkerton is stationed in Japan and decides to wed the teenage geisha Cio-Cio San, called Butterfly. Unbeknownst to the young bride, this officer is looking merely for a marriage of convenience. She falls promptly and swiftly in love, even converting to Christianity in order to be a better wife. Yet, storm clouds gather on the horizon: at the wedding, an uninvited guest curses the couple.
Pinkerton leaves, and Cio-Cio San is left alone to bear his child. Suzuki, Cio-Cio San’s maid, insists that the officer will never return, but Butterfly will not believe it. Her faith is seemingly justified one day when Pinkerton’s ship indeed sails into the harbour.
However, Pinkerton has brought an American wife with him, and Butterfly is expected to give up her child. She agrees to do so, but only if he comes in person to see her. He arrives to find that she has committed ritual suicide with her father’s knife.
The most loved aria from this opera is ‘Un bel di vedremo,’ sung by Butterfly as she pines for Pinkerton’s return.
150 minutes, Recorded June 2017 from Teatro Real, Madrid, Directed by Mario Gas