Friends of Opera Presents: Madama Butterfly at the Fernie Arts Station
Life with Dishonour or Death with Dignity?
While on shore-leave inJapan, Lieutenant Pinkerton meets and lusts after the 15 year-old Cho-Cho San, known as Butterfly. Against her social traditions, she marries Pinkerton and becomes an outcast. Pinkerton sails away. Butterfly waits patiently for 3 years for him to return. Butterfly holds a secret delight that she eagerly wishes to surprise her husband with…their son. Pinkerton arrives inJapanwith his American bride and Butterfly, realizing the situation, gives up her child to Pinkerton and commits suppuku. An intensely moving and a haunting portrayal of the dangers of misguided love. Puccini at his best!