Performed on October 22, 25, 27 and 29, 2022
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
The tragic tale of Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly) is well known—the innocent young geisha who naïvely falls for and marries Pinkerton, a young officer in the US navy who wants nothing more than a fling and quickly abandons her. Three years later, she continues to await her love’s return and has rejected other marriage proposals. Pinkerton, who unknowingly left her pregnant, is returning with his “real American bride.” The penny finally drops for Cio-Cio-San when the two of them appear to take her child away, and she chooses to die “with honour” rather than live on in shame. The opera’s magnificent arias and depiction of traditional Japanese customs and values have made it a favourite with audiences across the ages, while Pinkerton’s moral vacuity remains as shocking as ever.
Original Italian version with French surtitles.