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Madama Butterfly

Venue: Prague National Theatre

Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
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Season 2019

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Madama Butterfly
Sun 03 March 2019
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Event details
Composer: Giacomo Puccini

When Puccini saw a London production of the American playwright David Belasco’s drama about a Japanese geisha he was moved to tears, even though he didn’t understand a word of English. His choice of the theme meant that in the opera Madama Butterfly he had to master new forms of musical expression, as later on was the case of Turandot too. Puccini researched the local customs and music of faraway Japan and had numerous gramophone discs brought from Tokyo to familiarise himself with Japanese folk music. He dedicated great effort to rendering Japanese colour. Madama Butterfly is a masterpiece when it comes to minute depiction of atmosphere and poetry. 

The opera’s premiere on 17 February 1904 at Milan’s La Scala ended with stamping, booing and merciless criticism – it was upbraided for its lengthy scenes, redundant episodes in Act 1, and a general lack of drama. Puccini subsequently revised the opera, dividing it into three Acts and adding the tenor aria “Addio, fiorito asil” (Farewell, flowery refuge), in which the American officer Pinkerton bids farewell to the places where he has experienced beautiful moments of fatal happiness with the fifteen-year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San, alias Butterfly. The work’s new version was first performed on 28 May 1904 in Brescia to great acclaim. Its triumphant journey across the world was launched by the English premiere at Covent Garden in London on 10 July 1905, with Ema Destinnová and Enrico Caruso in the lead roles.

The opera is staged in Italian original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.

Photo: Pavel Petráněk, Dan Jäger

Duration of the performance: 2 hours and 35 minutes, 1 intermission

Program details

Season 2018/2019

Conductor: Martin Leginus, Jiří Štrunc

Cio-Cio-San: Karine Babajanyan, Maria Kobielska, Christina Vasileva
Suzuki: Lenka Čermáková, Štěpánka Pučálková
F. B. Pinkerton: Peter Berger, Luciano Mastro
Sharpless: Pavol Remenár, Svatopluk Sem
Yamadori: Igor Loškár, Matúš Mazár
Kate Pinkerton: Lenka Pavlovič, Erika Vocelová Jarkovská
Goro: Josef Moravec, Václav Sibera
Bonzo: Miloš Horák, Jiří Přibyl
The Imperial Commissioner: Oleg Korotkov, Roman Vocel
Yakuside: Tomáš Foltýnek, Michael Skalický
Librarian: Libor Novák, Peter Paleček
Cio-Cio-San’s Mother: Soňa Koczianová, Markéta Frýdová
Aunt: Gabriela Pešinová, Eliška Sedláčková
Cousin: Eliška Mourečková, Tereza Růžičková



Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica

Musical preparation: Martin Leginus
Conductor: Martin Leginus, Jiří Štrunc
Stage director: Jiří Heřman
Sets: Jiří Heřman, Jan Lukášek
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Motion cooperation
Light-design: Daniel Tesař
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Dramaturgy: Ondřej Hučín



Maria Kobielska  

Christina Vasileva

Donata D´Annunzio Lombardi



Lenka Čermáková  

Štěpánka Pučálková


F. B. Pinkerton

Peter Berger  

Luciano Mastro



Pavol Remenár  

Svatopluk Sem



Igor Loškár  

Matúš Mazár


Kate Pinkerton

Lenka Pavlovič  

Erika Vocelová Jarkovská



Josef Moravec  

Václav Sibera

 Miloš Horák  

Jiří Přibyl

Libor Novák  

Peter Paleček


The Imperial Commissioner

Oleg Korotkov  

Roman Vocel



Tomáš Foltýnek  

Michael Skalický


Cio-Cio-San’s Mother

Soňa Koczianová  

Markéta Panská



Gabriela Pešinová  

Eliška Sedláčková



Eliška Mourečková  

Tereza Růžičková


State Opera Orchestra

State Opera Chorus

Premiere: March 7, 1985

Prague National Theatre

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The historical building of the National Theatre, constructed in 1883, is generally considered the prime stage in the CzechRepublic. It is the flagship of the National Theatre institution, today amounting to five buildings and encompassing four companies. You can see there Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.


Idea of building a stately theatre for the Czech nation


The National Theatre is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for a national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad mass of the people facilitated its construction and hence the ceremonial laying of its foundation stone on 16 May 1868 was tantamount a nationwide political manifestation.


The idea of building a stately edifice to serve as a theatre was first mooted in the autumn of 1844 at meetings of patriots in Prague. It began to materialise through a request for “the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing” an independent Czech theatre, which was submitted to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly by František Palacký on 29 January 1845. The privilege was granted in April 1845. Yet it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague (founded in the meantime) made its first public appeal to start collections. A year later the proceeds of the first collections allowed for the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works with the area of less than 28 acres, which predetermined the magnificent location of the theatre on the bank of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, yet at the same time the cramped area and trapezoidal shape posed challenging problems for the building’s designers.

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