Madama Butterfly was performed on September 19, 21, 25 and 27
“Riveting, heartfelt … breathtaking and thoroughly engaging” – Sunday Independent
“Christine Crouse’s production is simple, beautiful and gimmick-free … and she creates gorgeous scenes” – Die Burger.
“an engaging production of an operatic masterpiece … which can be warmly recommended, especially to first-time opera-goers” – The Cape Times.
Presented by Cape Town Opera
Christine Crouse and Michael Mitchell’s visually stunning staging of Puccini’s most heart-rending opera returns to the Opera House at Artscape
“And the geisha will sing, as she used to do. And the happy song will end in a sob”
East and West collide with tragic results in Puccini’s devastating opera about a trusting young Japanese bride and the callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her. Famous highlights including Butterfly’s aria ‘Un bel dì’, the joyous Flower Duet and the haunting Humming Chorus emerge from a score of consistent beauty and power, which goes straight for the emotional jugular and seldom fails to reduce even the hardest hearts to tears.
Christine Crouse’s “visually arresting” production, with Kabuki-inspired designs by Michael Mitchell, was a sell-out sensation at its first run in 2009.
Conductor: Albert Horne
Director: Christine Crouse
Set and Costume Design: Michael Mitchell
Lighting Design: Kobus Rossouw
Movement Director: Jacki Job
Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus
Chorus Master: Albert Horne
Pinkerton Tshepo Moagi
Goro Lukhanyo Moyake
Suzuki Violina Anguelov (u/s Nonhlanhla Yende)
Sharpless Mandisinde Mbuyazwe (u/s Owen Metsileng)
Cio-Cio-San Tatiana Monogarova
Commissioner Nkosana Sitimela
The Registrar Lindile Kula Snr
The Bonze Xolela Sixaba
Prince Yamadori Owen Metsileng (u/s Mandisinde Mbuyazwe)
Dolore Cade Miller
Kate Pinkerton Siphamandla Yakupa and Nonhlanhla Yende
Kabuki Actors 1. Mark Hoeben
2. Richard September
Supers 1. Lubabalo Velebayi
2. Lindile Kula Jnr
3. Thando Mpushe
Pictures from our 2009 Production of Madama Butterfly