Madama Butterfly opens this Sunday at Teatro del Bicentenario


(Poster courtesy of the Teatro del Bicentenario)

I had hoped to be able to attend the upcoming performance of Madama Butterfly at the Teatro del Bicentenario in León, Mexico, but I am traveling, so unfortunately I will not be able to make it. The Opera productions that I have attended so far that were presented by the Teatro del Bicentenario have been wonderful! ( I have written a few articles about past performances at the theatre: )

This weekend the theatre will present its first opera production of 2013: Madama Butterfly by Puccini, the heart-wrenching drama about the ultimate sacrifice made by the geisha Cio-Cio San, which is still popular with audiences worldwide more than a century after its premiere. The theatre is presenting the opera with a contemporary stage presentation and they are giving three performances this Sunday the 14th, Wednesday the 17th and Saturday the 20th of April.

If you are interested in learning more about Puccini, I wrote an article about the composer and included some sound clips of some of his well-known operas, including Madama Butterfly:

Madama Butterfly (c) Foto Bernardo Arcos Mijailidis scaled

(Madama Butterfly (c) Foto Bernardo Arcos Mijailidis)

The Mexican soprano Violeta Dávalos, winner of major singing competitions both nationally and internationally, returns to the Teatro del Bicentenario to give life to the protagonist of the story. The Spanish tenor Andeka Gorrotxategui will come to León on the heels of the Salzburg Festival in Austria to interpret the role of Officer B. F. Pinkerton, a role which he will also present again this year at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy.

These artists will be accompanied by a wonderful cast comprised of more than 100 performers of the Orquesta y Coro del Teatro del Bicentenario (Orchestra and chorus), which is directed by Antonio Espinal and the work will be presented on the stage with sets constructed by the theatre.

Ci vediamo all’opera,



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