Madama Butterfly, Opera by G. Puccini
The unique venue of the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum in Rome hosts a special performance of the beloved opera Madama Butterfly by the great Giacomo Puccini in an abridged version arranged for piano and vocalists. In an evening filled with Italian creativity and charm, you can get to know the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci and then let the music of one of the greatest composers in operatic history transport you to the Far East. What better way to spend a memorable night in the Eternal City?
The Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum, just a stone’s throw away from St Peter’s Basilica in the heart of Rome, is a place that buzzes with the energy of the Renaissance genius. Your evening begins at 7:00 pm with an audio-guided tour through the museum where you can see many of Leonardo’s inventions, recreated faithfully and authentically. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the greatest minds in human history. As a ticket holder, you can enjoy a 10 per cent discount at the museum shop at the end of your tour.
At 8:00 pm the main musical event commences. Giacomo Puccini’s melodramatic masterpiece Madama Butterfly hardly needs an introduction. The story of the innocent and loving Japanese woman Cio-Cio-San and her cynical American lover Lieutenant Pinkerton is among the most tragic in the operatic pantheon. To make the opera a truly unique experience, Puccini studies American and Japanese popular and folk music and implemented many national motifs into his vibrant score. Cio-Cio-San’s heart-breaking, beautiful ‘Un bel di, vedremo’ ranks among the finest soprano arias in the catalogue.
The performance of Madama Butterfly at the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum in Rome offers a condensed and minimalist arrangement of the classic work. The main characters are adeptly accompanied by a grand piano, a violin / cello, and a clarinet, and Puccini’s compositional gift shines with unique new light.