Puccini: Madama Butterfly in Taormina


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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story.

Recorded live on the 7th July 2016 in the Teatro Antico Taormina, the performance was part of the Festival Euro Mediterraneo, starring Hye Myung Kang as Cio-cio San and Zoran Todorovich as Pinkerton.

Teatro Antico di Taormina is the second largest ancient Greek theatre in Italy, built in Southern Italy in early seventh century BC. Frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances, this picturesque theater sitting on the coast of Sicily is home to the annual Festival Euro Mediterraneo.

Pannonia Entertainment distributes this stunning opera performance to cinemas across Hungary.


WatchTheTrailerButtonNagasaki, early 20th century. The geisha Cio-Cio-San, called Madame Butterfly, has married an American naval officer, Pinkerton, who deserts her shortly after the wedding.

Butterfly bears his son and patiently awaits her husband’s return. One day, the American consul receives a letter from Pinkerton in which he says he has an American wife (his marriage in Japan not being legally recognized in America) and is returning to fetch his child. Pinkerton’s ship finally arrives and he sets out to visit Butterfly with his wife Kate. Filled with remorse, however, he is unable to face Butterfly and leaves Kate alone with her. Butterfly tells Kate that she will give Pinkerton his son if he comes to fetch him. Rejecting a life of disgrace, she kills herself with her father’s sword. Pinkerton arrives to find her dead.

Opera in three acts
Sung in Italian


Cio-cio San: Hye Myung Kang
Pinkerton: Zoran Todorovich
Suzuki: Annunziata Vestri
Goro: Andrea  Giovannini
Kate Pinkerton: Anna Consolaro
Sharpless: Piero Terranova

Chorus and Orchestra of Taormina Opera Festival


Conductor: Myron Michailidis
Director and Set Designer: Enrico Castiglione
Costume Designer: Sonia Cammarata

Approximate Running Time: 2h 40min

Running Time by act:
Act1: 55 mins | intermission: 15 mins
Act2: 50 mins | intermission: 3 mins
Act3: 35 mins

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