Madama Butterfly: ‘Lost in Translation’
Date: Sunday 9 October 2016
Venue: Ebert Room
Tickets: £16 (£10 concessions)
Our study day will explore Puccini’s landmark opera Madama Butterfly, which will see its first ever Glyndebourne production as part of Tour 2016. Its mesmerising music contrasts Eastern and Western tunes and harmonies, carrying the tragic story to its conclusion.
Director Annilese Miskimmon will share insights into the production and the day will feature illuminating talks from leading academics.
Arman Schwartz, author of Puccini’s Soundscapes: Realism and Modernity in Italian Opera, and Research Fellow in Music at the University of Birmingham, will explore Puccini’s musical strategies for depicting Japanese and American characters, and how early Italian audiences might have understood his international tragedy.
This will be followed by a talk from Fusako Innami, lecturer in Japanese Studies at Durham University, whose research revolves around the aesthetics of touch in the context of cross-cultural representations of Japan and Europe.
In the afternoon members of the Madama Butterfly cast will treat the study day audience to an exclusive musical performance, led by Staff Director Rachael Hewer, with accompaniment from pianist Duncan Williams.
The day will conclude with a panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The study day will be moderated by classical music journalist Warwick Thompson.