Based on Madama Butterfly, opera in 3 Acts, 1907 - Music Giacomo Puccini – Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Opéra de Rouen Normandie - Opéra de Limoges (2018)
Awarded "Meilleurs créateurs d'éléments scèniques 2018" by the French Syndicat de la Critique
« How changed he'll find me !... Drawn weary mouth from over-much sighing, And poor tired eyes from over-much crying ! » - Madama Butterfly, Act II
Musical direction, Robert Tuohy (Limoges), Pierre Dumoussaud (Rouen)
Staging, Set and Costume design, Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Deloeuil
Collaborator for set design, Christophe Pitoiset
Artistic collaboration, Lodie Kardouss
Lighting, Rick Martin
Video, Jean-Baptiste Beïs
Graphic design, Julien Roques
Dramaturgy, Luc Bourrousse
Camille Schnoor (Cio-Cio San), Marion Lebègue (Suzuki), Georgy Vasiliev (Pinkerton), André Heyboer, Armando Noguera (Sharpless), Raphaël Brémard (Goro), Victor Sicard (Yamadori), Ugo Rabec, Thomas Dear (Le Bonze).
Orchestre et Chœur de l’Opéra de Limoges / Orchestre de Rouen Normandie
Objet Musical Créatif - Opéra de Limoges - Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Living alone in her small apartment in the outskirts of Limoges, a young French woman spends her days watching manga and videos of modern-day Japan on her computer, while obsessively listening to Puccini’s famous opera. This is the story of Cio-Cio San, but seen through the eyes of a neurotic young European woman. As the opera unfolds, the elegant Geishas stroll around Limoges, while the young girl believes she is in Japan... or just the oposite. As one would expect, the story ends in tragedy. We, like the woman, are dis-oriented by her obsessions of an imagined Japan.
Doing so, our production works as a contemporary reflection on the old cultural misunderstandings held by Westerners towards Japan.