Set in a timeless Japan, idealised by the calligraphic symbolism of Ogata Korin, the story of the Geisha Cho-Cho-San is staged by the director Fabio Ceresa in an open set designed by Tiziano Santi, with a runway leading into infinity. Suzuki, shown on stage with long white hair like a Nipponese demon, first defends the sweet Madama Butterfly from the attacks of her uncle Bonzo, to then offer her the Katana for harakiri, wrapped in red velvet.
Japanese tragedy in three acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica from Madam Butterfly by John Luther Long
Music by Giacomo Puccini