Montevideo is thrilled once again with the tragic history of Madama Butterfly

There are works that at the time of being released, far from obtaining the triumph that its author expected, are received with coldness by the public and are outlined as a resounding failure, but that with the passage of time the waters take their course and what one day it began badly ends up becoming a classic, a prop of the universal art and a favorite of the audiences of all times. Such is the case of the opera Madame Butterfly by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.

This opera of international renown is one of the most represented on an international scale and more than a hundred years after its premiere continues to touch the hearts of those who come to the halls to witness this tragic love story. This has been the case since last November 30th when Madame Butterfly premiered at the Auditorio Nacional del Sodre (Official Service of Dissemination, Representations and Shows) in Montevideo, Uruguay. The work, until Thursday, December 6th, has the participation of the Symphony Orchestra and the Sodre National Choir, with a double cast of Japanese and Uruguayan artists, highlighting the Japanese soprano Eiko Senda, as Cio Cio San, and the Uruguayan tenor Carlos Ventre, as BF Pinkerton, as well as Omar Carrión, Cecilia Díaz, Sandra Silvera, Andrés Presno, Gustavo Gibert and Stephanie Holm, all under the scenic direction of Pablo Maritano.

The work is based partly on the story Madame Butterfly by John Luther Long, written in 1898, as well as in the novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti, from 1887, and with a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, authors of the same scripts of La Bohème and Tosca. Madame Butterfly is the tragic love story of the Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San who leaves behind everything, family, tradition, to marry BF Pinkerton, an officer of the US Navy, only to be seen shortly after abandoned and betrayed by the officer, who returns to his country and marries another woman. After several years, when Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki with his new wife and finds out that he has a son, fruit of his brief marriage with Cio-Cio San, he decides to take the child to raise him in the United States; full of pain and disappointment, Cio-Cio San again renounces everything, including his son, and commits suicide.

The original version of Madame Butterfly was released on February 17th, 1904 at La Scala in Milan, it was an opera in two acts, of which the second was extremely long, about ninety minutes, which was too much for the public Italian, so the work was a resounding failure. Puccini withdrew the work and made several modifications, the most important was to divide the long second act in two, including as a parenthesis the aria Un bel di vedremo (A good day we will see), which ended up becoming the most famous and emblematic piece of the opera. In the following years Puccini made a third, a fourth and even a fifth version of Madame Butterfly, and it is the latter that is considered the definitive version and is the one that is most represented in the theaters of the world.

Thus, the Uruguayan capital is moved by these presentations -a classic and first class- assembly; from our NGO we congratulate and welcome the initiative, said Pedro J. Torres.

TPF