WHAT: The perfect artistic duet as Puccini’s exquisite aria is performed on Athens’ most majestic outdoor stage, the 2,000 year-old Odeon Herodes Atticus.
Set in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century, Madama Butterfly is famous for its wonderful arias, its highly melodic music and dramatic story, and remains one of Puccini’s most touching masterpieces.
Puccini’s “Japanese tragedy” tells the tale of the fatal love of a 15-year old geisha Cio-Cio-San for Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the US Navy. After an absence of 3 years, the officer returns to Japan with his American wife, and learns that he has acquired a son with Butterfly. She agrees to hand the child over to Pinkerton, but then commits suicide.
The monumental production, directed by Hugo de Ana, will be staged for five performances, conducted by Lukas Karytinos, as one of the highlights of the Athens and Epiduarus Festival 2017. In Italian with Greek and English subtitles. Ticket prices range from €15-100.
WHEN: May 31-June 7.
WHERE: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Areopagitou Dionisiou, tel: 210.324.1807. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.nationalopera.gr