Opera: Federico Santi to conduct Madama Butterfly at Teatro del Bicentenario

Ópera Madama Butterfly, de Giacomo Puccini © Teatro del Bicentenario - Fotografía Arturo Lavín
Opera Madama Butterfly, de Giacomo Puccini © Teatro del Bicentenario – Fotografía Arturo Lavín

This November the Teatro del Bicentenario in León, México will conclude its 2016 season with a newly updated production with contemporary staging of Puccini’s classic opera Madama Butterfly, the drama about geisha Cio-Cio San that has captivated the imagination of many generations of opera goers. There will be three performances only: November 6th, 9th and 12th.

The cast will be led by Mexican soprano Violeta Davalos in the role of Cio-Cio San, accompanied by tenor Ernesto Ramirez, in the role of official B. F. Pinkerton. Baritones Suaste and Edgar Jesus Gil, mezzo-soprano Rosa Muñoz, tenor Victor Hernandez, bass Octavio Perez Bustamante, and soprano Liliana Vanessa Salas will accompany them onstage. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro del Bicentenario will be directed by Jaime Pineda Castro.

Italian Federico Santi will be the music director. He has led with great success and critical acclaim in prestigious settings such as the Opera of Nice, Het Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, the Royal Opera Wallonia, the Alden Biesen Festival at the Rouen Opera, and the Forest National theatre in Brussels, among others. Federico works regularly at the Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg. He is currently working on numerous recitals and concerts in collaboration with the soprano Barbara Haveman and he teaches orchestration, playing from score and knowledge of instruments at the Conservatory of Maastricht.

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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