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Contents The Minnesota Opera Sta∂ and Volunteers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Notes from the Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Opening Night Opera Gala Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Madame Butterﬂy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Background Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Synopsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Giacomo Puccini. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Artist Proﬁle: Colin Graham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The Search for the Real Butterﬂy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Coming Up At The Minnesota Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Minnesota Opera Chorus and Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 The Minnesota Opera Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Young Professionals Group Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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Minnesota Opera Staff Welcome to today’s production of Madame Butterfly. For more than four decades The Minnesota Opera has enriched the cultural life of our community by producing outstanding and innovative operas that inspire and entertain. U.S. Bank is honored to sponsor the 2004 – 2005 season. We are proud of our 20+ year relationship with The Minnesota Opera and of our sponsorship at this great setting of the Ordway in St. Paul. At U.S. Bank, we support great dreams, great art and great arts organizations. They enrich the community with vibrancy, creativity, and excellence. As the sixth largest bank in America today, U.S. bank is the only major bank headquartered in Minnesota, and we’re deeply committed to giving back in this community. Thank you for coming and enjoy the performance.
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President & CEO Kevin Smith Artistic Director Dale Johnson Artistic Artistic Administrator . .Roxanne Stou∂er Cruz Artistic Associate . . . . . . Floyd Anderson Community Education Director . . . . . . . . Jamie Andrews Dramaturg . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Sander Production Stage Manager . . . Alex Farino Assistant Stage Manager . . . .Kristen E. Burke Stage Management Intern . . .Angie Biermeier Head of Music . . . . . . . . . .Bruce Stasyna Resident Artists . . . . . .Raymond Ayers, Korey Barrett, Jonathan Carle, Theodore Chletsos, Anna Jablonski, Seth Keeton, Christopher Zemliauskas Resident Artist Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carlotta Dradi-Bower, David Mann, Doug Scholz-Carlson, Nancy Tibbetts KIDS . . . . . . . .Lloyd Clausen, Paul Cochran, Mario Diaz-Moresco, Andrew Penning, Sara Sawyer Children’s Chorusmaster . . . . . . . .Janice Kimes Costumes Costume Director . . . . . . . .Gail Bakkom Assistant Costume Director . . .Beth Sanders Drapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Bur, Yancey Thrift, Angela Yarbrough First Hands . . . . . . . . .Helen Ammann, Mark Heiden, Valerie Hill, Stephanie Vogel Stitchers . . . . . . . . .Jennifer Dawson, Maria Irons, Stephanie Molstad, Christine Richardson Painter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marliss Jensen Wig/Makeup Assistants . . . . Marilyn Jordan, Emily Rosenmeier, Ashley Ryan
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Officers John A. Blanchard, III, Chair Rolf Engh Vice Chair Lynne E. Looney Secretary Thomas J. Foley Treasurer Kevin Smith, President & CEO
Welcome to Madame Butterfly, and the opening of the 20042005 Minnesota Opera season! I am thrilled to present a new production of one of opera’s most enduring stories. Because it is one of my favorite operas, I had to entrust it to the best of directors. Madame Butterfly is based on a true story, and there’s no director in the world that can bring it to life better than Colin Graham. He brings particular insight to this production – a lifetime of experience with Puccini’s opera and intimate study of Japanese culture and theater. His considerable insight has created a very honest, emotionally complex staging that examines the cultural clash of Butterfly and Pinkerton’s worlds, while neither praising nor damning either. Colin has assembled a wonderful team: set designer Neil Patel created the Kabuki-style environment with beautiful shoji screens; David Woolard designed costumes along authentic period lines that burst with high-impact photorealistic flowers (printed on silk using a cutting-edge technology, a ﬁrst for The Minnesota Opera!); and Mark McCullough enhances the lovely design with gorgeous lighting. I hope you enjoy this production as much as I’ve enjoyed watching its creation!
Dale Johnson Artistic Director
from the President Welcome to the beginning of a new opera season! Since we closed the season last May, The Minnesota Opera has had some wonderful successes I’d like to share with you. As you may know, last year The Bush Foundation pledged $650,000 over three years in a challenge gift. I’m delighted to report that we surpassed our ﬁrst-year challenge goal of $150,000 in new and increased gifts. Why is this important? You may not realize that ticket revenue covers only half the cost of producing the opera you are enjoying today. This means we are dependent upon contributions from our audience to continue to operate. Opera is – and always has been – an enormously expensive art form to produce, largely because of all the skilled people who contribute to it: singers, conductors, directors, designers, orchestra, chorus, artisans who build the sets and costumes, stage hands and so on. We are blessed to have a strong community of artists and craftspeople in the Twin Cities to employ in this great art form.
Directors Karen Bachman Susan S. Boren Nicky B. Carpenter Richard P. Carroll Jane M. Confer Susan J. Crockett Sara Donaldson Brad F. England John G. Forsythe Steve Fox Daniel E. Gustafson Directors Emeritus Sharon Hawkins Karen Himle Burt Cohen Ruth S. Huss Julia W. Dayton Heinz F. Hutter Mary W. Vaughan Paula R. Johnson Lucy Rosenberry Legal Counsel Jones James A. Rubenstein, Michael F. Kelly, Jr. Moss & Barnett Elizabeth “Becky” Malkerson Honorary Directors Dominick Argento Thomas R. McBurney Philip Brunelle Bruce K. Nelson Elizabeth Close Brian E. Palmer Dolly Fiterman Jose Peris Charles C. Fullner Steve Rothschild Norton M. Hintz Donald W. Judkins Stephanie Simon Catie Tobin David P. Keefe† Liz Kochiras H. Bernt von Ohlen Jevne Pennock Patricia H. Sheppard †
In this program is a list of our many generous contributors. If you are on that list already, we appreciate your ongoing commitment to the company, and we ask that you increase your contribution. If you are not, please consider giving to The Minnesota Opera. Every new dollar will be matched and will count toward the Bush challenge, helping to ensure our longterm artistic growth and to contribute to the health of our community of artists. This is an exciting time, and this challenge gift from the Bush Foundation has a profound impact on The Minnesota Opera. This is a challenge to you, our patrons – help us meet our new season’s goal!
Kevin Smith President & CEO
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The Minnesota Opera Thanks the Generous Supporters of the Opening Night Gala
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Conductor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Antony Walker† Stage Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Colin Graham Set Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Neil Patel Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David C. Woolard Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mark McCullough Wigs and Makeup . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Watson & Associates Resident Artist Assistant Conductor . .Christopher Zemliauskas‡ Assistant Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E. Reed Fisher Chorusmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruce Stasyna Production Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . .Alexander Farino English Captions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Floyd Anderson
Music by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Based on David Belasco’s play Madame Butterﬂy (1900), itself based on a short story by John Luther Long (1898) World premiere at Teatro alla Scala, Milan February 17, 1904 November 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2004 Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Sung in Italian with English captions
The Cast Cio-Cio-San [Madame Butterfly] . . . . . . . .Judith Howarth* Kelly Kaduce** Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton . . . . . . . . . . . . .Marc Hervieux* Kip Wilborn** Sharpless, U.S. Consul at Nagasaki . . . . . . . .Ryan Taylor* Raymond Ayers** Suzuki, Butterﬂy’s maid . . . . . . . . . .Kathleen Humphrey Goro, a marriage broker . . . . . . . . . . .Theodore Chletsos The Bonze, Butterﬂy’s uncle . . . . . . . . . . . . .Seth Keeton Kate Pinkerton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Angela Keeton Prince Yamadori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jonathan Carle The Official Registrar . . . . . . . . . . . .Mario Diaz-Moresco The Imperial Commissioner . . . . . . . . . . . .Jonathan Carle Uncle Yakuside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dale Kruse Butterfly’s grandmother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pat Kent Butterfly’s mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Monson An aunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle Hayes A cousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Angela Keeton Sorrow, Butterﬂy’s child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Serena Lu* Clara Lee** Butterfly’s relatives and friends, servants, sailors Setting: Nagasaki, beginning of the 20th century * ** † ‡
performs November 6, 9, 11, 13 performs November 7, 10, 12, 14 conducts November 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13 conducts November 12, 14
Madame Butterfly is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Private Client Group Scenery and costumes for this production are jointly owned by The Minnesota Opera and Opera Theatre of St. Louis and were constructed at The Minnesota Opera shops. The appearances of Kelly Kaduce, winner, and Ryan Taylor, regional ﬁnalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, are made possible through a Minnesota Opera Endowment Fund established for Artist Enhancement by Barbara White Bemis. Performances of Madame Butterﬂy are being taped for delayed broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, ksjn 99.5 in the Twin Cities, in June 2005.
Background Notes by David Sander adame Butterfly completes the succession of Puccini’s three most popular operas, written exactly four years apart. Yet the opera’s initial reception was frosty at best, played to the highly reactive Milanese, who whistled, howled and accused the composer of self-plagiarism. Cries of “Butterfly is pregnant; ah the little Toscanini” arose when Rosina Storchio’s kimono caught a draft (the soprano’s affair with the famed conductor was commonly known) and some of the opera’s most beautiful moments were greeted with unmasked hostility. Though the rowdy crowd may have been incited by an anti-Puccini cabal, they had indeed achieved their intended purpose – the evening had truly been a fiasco.
Poor Puccini must have been devastated, another blow in a series of unfortunate incidents that plagued his life during the preceding year. A serious automobile accident in February
The Minnesota Opera season is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Private Client Group. The appearances of the 2004–2005 season conductors are underwritten by SpencerStuart. The 2004–2005 Camerata Circle Dinners are sponsored by Rider Bennett. Opera Insights is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Intermission reception sponsored by Lowry Hill Private Wealth Management. Ofﬁcial Jeweler of The Minnesota Opera
Daudet (Tartarin de Tarascon), Maurice Maeterlinck (clearly poaching on Debussy’s plan to set Pelléas et Mélisande) and Victor Hugo (Les misérables, Notre Dame de Paris), he found himself perennially drawn to the emotional plight of Cio-Cio-San. The composer turned to his creative team of Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, who had so faithfully served him in the past. Illica brought some experience to the table – he had already worked on a Japanbased libretto, Iris, set by Pietro Mascagni in 1898 (the premiere of which Puccini had attended), and Giacosa was a fervent reader of Japanese poetry. As it turned out, Belasco’s drama only depicted what would become Act ii of Puccini’s opera, and in order to work up the preliminary action of Act i, they were forced to consult the playwright’s source, a short story by John Luther Long. From that material, Illica also crafted a third, intermediate scene located at the American consulate, where Butterﬂy seeks Sharpless to inquire after her overdue spouse. There she meets Kate Pinkerton who, by coincidence is looking into the whereabouts of her husband’s child. During the awkward encounter, Kate treats Butterﬂy with little more respect than a china doll, which sets the drama distinctly into a di∂erent direction, though some of her careless attitude would be retained in the opera’s early versions. The composer saw the consulate scene as an interruption and demanded it be dropped. Illica was adamant and insisted that, if the scene wasn’t going to be in the opera, it could at least be included in the published libretto as an addendum. He would not get his way, nor would Giacosa, who warned that Act II, with the recreation of Butterﬂy’s evening vigil, would last at least an hour and a half, too long for the attention span of an Italian audience,
who would customarily get an intermission (Verdi once quipped that a 42minute act of Otello was two minutes too long). Giacosa also complained that many of the lines he had given to Pinkerton at the end of the opera had been eliminated. He threatened to quit and had to be massaged by the intervention of publisher Giulio Ricordi. Puccini wouldn’t budge. Still struck by Belasco’s play, his vision of the drama was clear-cut and not open for discussion – the opera would be played entirely in Butterﬂy’s home. To spice things up musically, he painstakingly researched Japanese-based themes, even diving into The Mikado, the popular operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. He also picked the brain of soprano Tamaki Miura (who would become a great Butterﬂy interpreter in the ﬁrst decades of the 20th century) and consulted with Madame Hisako Oyama, the wife of a Japanese diplomat in Rome, for authentic Japanese melodies. Long’s story rang a note of truth as Oyama recalled a rumor of a similar incident that actually had occurred in Nagasaki. His e∂ort was for naught, as the opera’s novelty was lost on the opening night public, resulting in one of the greatest theatrical failures since the Paris premiere of Tannhäuser in 1861. The composer returned the 20,000 lire commissioning fee, withdrew his score and canceled the next production in Rome. The Ricordis, initially skeptical of Puccini’s choice in subject, believed the opera deserved a second viewing, albeit with a few changes. Giulio’s son, Tito, recalled that the city of Brescia had always been warm to Puccini’s works, and arranged for a production to be mounted in May. Puccini went back to his new opera and made many revisions, dividing the action into three parts with two Background Notes continue on page 12
Set designs by Neil Patel
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1903 left him with a broken leg, which was slow to mend and hampered the progress of his most recent opus. Not to mention that he was homebound with the ill-tempered Elvira, unable to visit his current mistress, Corinna, who was conveniently set up by the composer on the edge of town. Nor did the domestic situation look especially promising. Elvira’s estranged husband had died the day after the crash, leaving open the very likely possibility of her marriage to Puccini (divorce had not been an option in Italy during this era) after the passing of a mandatory 10month period widows were required to wait before reattaching themselves. Though the composer had doubts over his 20-year relationship with Elvira (even though they had produced a son, Antonio), increasing pressure from friends, family and Elvira hastened the dreaded wedding day, which ﬁnally took place on January 3, 1904. On an even more personal note was the bruise to his ego. Puccini had spent great care crafting his most original score to date and was unusually conﬁdent on the night of its premiere. Four years earlier, he had witnessed a performance of David Belasco’s play in London while supervising the British premiere of Tosca. Though he spoke little English, he reacted with enthusiasm, in particular to Butterﬂy’s nightlong vigil, a 14-minute scene in which there was no dialogue, only dramatic lighting e∂ects indicating the passage of time and the coming of the new day (Belasco was a highly innovative turnof-the-century playwright and producer who would also be the source of Puccini’s next opus, La fanciulla del West). Though Puccini would consider a number of other options, including literary works by Émile Zola (La faute de l’Abbé Mouret), Edmond Rostrand (Cyrano de Bergerac), Alphonse
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intermissions and adding a short tenor aria, “Addio, ﬁorito asil,” to the ﬁnal scene, as operatic custom demanded (Giacosa had been correct on both counts). As predicted, the Brescia premiere went on without a hitch, and Butterﬂy began a tenuous journey around the world, making it to Buenos Aires, London, Bologna, Budapest and Washington, d.c. Puccini always feared another failure and was careful to approve every aspect of each production. At nearly every juncture, more small changes were made, but nothing as drastic as those for the Paris production at the Opéra-Comique in 1906. The director, Albert Carré, required the softening of certain troublesome aspects to satisfy his bourgeois audience [who still hadn’t sacriﬁced their upright mores in spite of having been nursed on progressive works such as Carmen (1875) and Pelléas (1902)]. Granted, it was an unconventional and daring opera for its day. The impresario was opposed to Pinkerton’s portrayal as both a sexual adventurer and boorish “barbarian” with his politically incorrect jibes at Butterﬂy’s family and local culture (in particular, the behavior of her alcoholic uncle, Yakuside, whom he incites to get drunk after the marriage ceremony). Also found distasteful was Kate Pinkerton’s confrontation with Butterﬂy near the end of the opera, an unforgiving image of a cold Western woman. Most of her lines were reassigned to Sharpless. Equally suspect was Butterﬂy’s disclosure of how much Pinkerton paid for her and her vow to live economically – this turned into a joyous admission of how she and her new husband will now worship the same deity. At ﬁrst reluctant, the ever-sensitive Puccini made the changes and even published them as the ﬁnal, “deﬁnitive” version, fearing those elements were the cause of Butterﬂy’s initial downfall. It was this Paris edition that returned to La Scala for its second performance run in 1925 – one year after Puccini’s death (the original Milan version wouldn’t be revived until 1982, at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice). Still, one wonders if the insecure composer was simply bowing to pressure. Many believe the earlier Brescia score represents his truest intentions, and many of those characteristics will be seen in these performances.
Synopsis act i utside a little house overlooking the Nagasaki harbor, Pinkerton, an American naval o∑cer, is making the ﬁnal arrangements with the marriage broker, Goro, for a Japanese wedding. According to law, the marriage will not be binding, and Pinkerton revels in the carefree arrangement. The American Consul, Sharpless, warns Pinkerton that his bride, Cio-Cio-San (called Butterﬂy by her friends), is serious about the marriage. Butterﬂy and her relatives arrive. She tells Pinkerton about herself, her family and her age – which is only 15 – and shows him the few possessions she has brought, including the ceremonial dagger with which her father killed himself. The brief ceremony is performed and the celebration begins, when an ominous ﬁgure appears. He is Butterﬂy’s uncle, the Bonze, a Japanese priest, who curses Butterﬂy for abandoning the Japanese gods in favor of Christianity. All the relatives side with the Bonze, and they turn on the young bride. But Pinkerton orders them all away, and in the long and tender love duet that closes the act, Butterﬂy forgets her troubles. Together, Pinkerton and Butterﬂy enter their new home.
— intermission — act ii Part one Three years have passed since Pinkerton sailed for America, but Butterﬂy remains loyal and describes to Suzuki her dream of his return. Sharpless, knowing that Pinkerton has taken an American wife and will soon be arriving in Nagasaki with her, att e m p t s t o p r e pa r e Butterﬂy for the shock, but she is too excited by
news of Pinkerton’s return to listen. Goro enters with the wealthy Prince Yamadori, who is courting Butterﬂy. When Goro and Yamadori leave, Sharpless gently advises her to accept the Prince. That is impossible, she insists, and she brings in the reason for that impossibility – her young son, named Sorrow. But, she adds, he will be called Joy when his father returns. Defeated, Sharpless leaves, promising to tell Pinkerton of the boy. A cannon is heard, and Butterﬂy and Suzuki see Pinkerton’s ship coming into the harbor. Butterﬂy jubilantly prepares for his return, ﬁlling the room with ﬂowers and again donning her bridal costume. As night falls, Butterﬂy, Suzuki and the child wait, motionless. Part two Dawn ﬁnds Butterﬂy, Suzuki and Sorrow just where they were at the close of the last scene, except that the maid and the child are fast asleep. Butterﬂy takes her sleeping little boy into another room, singing him a lullaby. Sharpless enters with Pinkerton and his wife, Kate. Suzuki almost at once realizes who this is. She cannot bear to tell her mistress, and neither can Pinkerton. He sings a passionate farewell to his once-happy home, and leaves. But Butterﬂy, entering, sees Kate and realizes the painful truth. With dignity she tells Kate that she may have her boy if Pinkerton will come soon to fetch him. Left alone with the child, she makes an agonizing farewell, blindfolds the boy and goes behind a screen where she stabs herself. Pinkerton comes rushing back, but it is too late. Costume design by David Woolard
uccini was born into a family of court composers and organists in the historic city of Lucca, Italy. With a strong feeling of tradition in the Puccini family, it was expected that Giacomo would assume his deceased father’s position as maestro di cappella when he came of age – by 14 he already was playing organ in a number of the town’s churches. But at age 18 a performance of Verdi’s Aida inspired him to devote his life to opera. In 1880 Puccini began composition studies with Amilcare Ponchielli at the Milan Conservatory of Music. There he was introduced into the professional artists’ circle, to which he would belong for the rest of his life. Puccini was not a proliﬁc composer. Unlike most of his contemporaries, there were long intervals between his operas, partly because of his fastidiousness in choosing subjects, several of which he took up only to abandon after several months, and partly because of his constant demands for modiﬁcations of the texts. Much of his time, too, was spent in hunting in the marshes around his home and in trips abroad to supervise revivals of his works. The composer’s ﬁrst work for the stage, Le villi (1884), originally was submitted to a contest sponsored by the music publisher Edoardo Sonzogno. The one-act opera received not even honorable mention, but Puccini was certain of its merit. He and librettist Ferdinando Fontana began to canvass the opera to the broader circle of the Italian intelligentsia. One of these individuals was the highly inﬂuential Arrigo Boito (at that time in correspondence with Verdi about the preparation of the libretto for Otello), who was instrumental in getting Le villi staged.
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Giacomo Puccini, portrait by Arturo Rietti
The reception to the new work was mixed, but the revised two-act version was staged in a number of cities outside of Italy (a remarkable feat for a virtually unknown composer). Puccini’s next opera, Edgar (1889), however, was a resounding critical failure, yet the astute publisher, Giulio Ricordi, found fault in the libretto only and promise in the music. He pitted himself against the shareholders of his publishing house who demanded that Puccini be released from retainer. Ricordi’s conﬁdence was rewarded with Manon Lescaut (1893), Puccini’s ﬁrst true success. During the 1890s Puccini began working with Luigi Illica, who worked out the scheme and drafted the dialogue, and with the poet and playwright Giuseppe Giacosa, who put Illica’s lines into verse. Although they had participated in Manon Lescaut (as part of a string of several librettists), their ﬁrst real collaboration was La bo-
hème (1896), followed by Tosca (1900) and then Madame Butterfly (1904). Giacosa died in 1906, putting an end to the successful team that produced three of Puccini’s most enduring works. Puccini’s later operas were quite varied in their styles and subjects. La fanciulla del West (1910), set in the American West, is notable for its advanced impressionistic orchestration and composition. La rondine (1917) was designed to be a sentimental musical comedy in the Viennese style. Il trittico (1918) was a mixed bag of one-act operas: Il tabarro, a tip-of-the-hat to Italian verismo; Suor Angelica, a nun embroiled in a battle for the future of her illegitimate child; and, most popular of the three, Gianni Schicchi, a comic masterpiece that features Puccini at his most exuberant. Turandot (1926) was Puccini’s last (and arguably his greatest) opera. He died before completing it, and although another composer ﬁnished the job, at the premiere Arturo Toscanini set down his baton and refused to continue past Puccini’s last note. Puccini has been much maligned for his ﬂirtation with popular music, but he had an uncanny feel for a good story and a talent for composing enthralling yet economical music. Though like many of his contemporaries, Puccini constantly was experimenting with tonality and form, his experiments were always subtle and without controversy. Having produced only 12 operas, the composer’s personal life was plagued with self doubt and laborious perfectionism, yet he profoundly inﬂuenced the world of opera with a deep understanding of music, drama and humanity.
Set designs by Neil Patel
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b Lucca, December 22, 1858; d Brussels, November 29, 1924
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Artist Profile: Colin Graham An interview by Lauren Rico
olin Graham lives with one foot in the past and one in the future. With C a record 57 world premiere operas to his credit, he is certainly accustomed to breaking new ground. For a director, presenting something with no predecessor has its beneﬁts. “It’s true really,” Graham says, “you get a tremendous amount of freedom. And also of course you have to contribute. You have to contribute your thoughts on the shape of the piece. Or you should – you should be given that opportunity.” He also concedes that it can be a gamble. Like any work, a new opera stands the chance of a poor reception from the press and audiences.
“If you’re working with Madame Butterfly or La bohème or The Marriage of Figaro, you’re in a much better wicket from that point of view because they’re all really tried and true successes.” And then he shifts to that other foot, the one in the past. It’s that side that draws him again and again to the well-worn story of Madame Butterfly. This is Graham’s ﬁfth original take on Puccini’s beloved work. But this season, he’s in good company. Madame Butterfly will receive no fewer than 28 productions in North America alone. Even if you discount the fact that this year is the centenary of its premiere, Madame Butterfly is still the most-performed opera of the last decade, according to Opera America. So how does this director go from creating a production out of whole cloth to re-creating familiar repertory without experiencing musical whiplash? “I think it’s important when you do embark on what’s known as a ‘standard work’ that you re-study it yourself and read the source material. If you just take it for granted and take it off the page, you’re not doing it justice. I think you have to go into it deeper than that.” This is where Graham has a distinct advantage over other directors. He had the rare opportunity to absorb Butterfly’s culture ﬁrst hand, thanks to his collaboration with Benjamin Britten on the opera Curlew River. Although it was
based on a Japanese play, Britten forbade Graham from seeing any Japanese theater videos. He wanted the director to conceptualize the piece entirely on his own. The results were successful enough to peak the interest of the arts community. “The British Council, which is a cultural organization, sent me to Japan to investigate. During that time I fell in love with Kabuki,” he recalls, “and I really admired the versatility of the actors who could act and sing and dance and ﬁght.” Later on Graham would further his exploration of Japanese classical theater by returning to study at the National Theater Kabuki School. As a non-Japanese, or “Gaijin,” he was only permitted to observe. He returned months later with a new perspective and a sensibility that affected every project thereafter, including this new production. “I was impressed principally with the thing that had impressed Britten the most – making the maximum effect with the greatest economy rather than the trappings.” As a result of his travels, Colin Graham has come to believe that by downplaying set, props and special effects, the audience is then free to focus on the music and the acting. “In a work like Madame Butterfly, which deals with Easterners and Westerners, you can get a very interesting variance of style like it does in the story. A clash of cultures. And that’s the kind of thing you try and major on. You try to ﬁnd something new. I’ve gone much more to a purist kind of Kabuki approach. The manners are all correct but the scenery is much more Kabuki-like, which means it’s more rariﬁed, more elegant…I hope more powerful than a pretty, pretty production.”
Broadcast Host Lauren Rico For the last 13 years Lauren Rico has been able to combine her love of music with her passion for public radio. A longtime student of the French Horn, Lauren holds a Master’s degree from George Mason University. She has worked at numerous radio stations in cities around the country including Tampa, Washington, d.c., New York and Charlotte. Lauren has been on the sta∂ of Classical 24, Minnesota Public Radio’s national classical music service since 1999 and The Minnesota Opera’s broadcast host since 2001. She calls St. Paul home.
The Search for the Real Butterfly
n 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry positioned ﬁve ships led by the USS Powhatan in Edo (Tokyo) Bay and demanded the Japanese to open their ports to foreign trade. The xenophobic shogunate had enjoyed a self-imposed exile for 200 years, but outmatched and outgunned, the Japanese agreed to Perry’s terms. Both sides were to beneﬁt – America obtained a strategic refueling and intelligence base and Japan was quickly ushered into the Industrial Revolution. Perry’s audacious American colonialism would have a profound e∂ect on Western civilization, particularly in the art world. As Japanese culture was soon featured in subsequent World Exhibitions of the Industrial Age, artists from all disciplines were quickly attracted to the unusual perspective found in highly aesthetic and skillfully executed artworks from the Far East. The Realists and Impressionists were excited by the cropping of ﬁgures, the oblique angles, the emphasis on nature and overall asymmetry of composition; the Post-Impressionists and Art Nouveau painters drew from the simple forms and emphasis on pattern. The music world was equally invigorated. Already touched by the Occidental and the Near East, composers yielded such works as Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles (1863; set in Ceylon), Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine (1865; set on an island in the Indian Ocean, presumably Madagascar), Verdi’s Aida (1871; Memphis and Thebes), Saint-Saëns’s La princesse jaune (1872; Japan), Bizet’s Djamileh (1872; Cairo) and Mascagni’s Iris (1898; Japan). Biblical subjects typically set in the Middle East once again became fair game, with La reine de Saba (Gounod; 1862) and Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns; 1868) as notable examples. Even Bizet’s Carmen (1875) had an exotic ﬂare. As they often spawned these musical adaptations, it’s not surprising that literary works set in foreign locales began to proliferate as well. In particular, Louis-Marie-Julien Viaud, a French naval lieutenant writing under the pen name of Pierre Loti, retold his tales of the high seas under such far-away titles
as Aziyadé, Rarahu, Les trois dames de la Kasbah, Japoneries d’automne, Pêcheur d’Islande, Fantôme d’Orient, Jérusalem, La Galilée and Ramuntcho, among others. Several of these were adapted for the stage: Rarahu became Léo Delibes’s Indian opera Lakmé (1883), African-based Spahi was set by Lucien Lambert (1897) and the Japanese Madame Chrysanthème (1893) was adapted by André Messager. Puccini knew Messager from his student days and had reconnected with him in recent years for the French premieres of his earlier works (Messager was a conductor at the Opéra-Comique) and likely knew of the opera. Another creative artist was aware of Loti’s Japanese tale. John Luther Long, a lawyer from Philadelphia with literary aspirations, created his own geisha story with many of the same elements: a naval lieutenant’s temporary marriage with a Japanese woman, a close male companion, Yves, and a female counterpart to complete the quartet, the landlord’s daughter Oyouki. Where Loti’s narrative is merely descriptive, told from a male perspective with meticulous documentation of their various outings and scrutiny of the local mileau, Long’s novel throws the focus on the heroine. And while the climax of Madame Chrysanthème is the suspicion of an a∂air between Yves and the title character, Long’s Butterﬂy faces a succession of agonizing situations – living as an outcast among her family and friends (save Suzuki), painfully waiting for Pinkerton’s arrival after his ship had docked and an excruciating confrontation with Mrs. Pinkerton at the American consulate, during which “Adelaide” casually remarks “How very charming – how lovely – you are, dear! Will you kiss me, you pretty – plaything!” Long concludes with Butterﬂy’s botched suicide attempt (after which Suzuki binds the wound, and the two spirit the child away to locations unknown), where Loti’s marriage ends amicably and unemotionally after a mere three months, with his former bride tactlessly testing the validity of his ﬁnal payment with a metal hammer. In contrast, with more youthful naïvété, ButThe Real Butterfly continues on page 24
Geisha On Her Way to a Night-time Assignation c. 1784 by Kitao Masanobu The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, bequest of Richard D. Gale
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The Artists Raymond Ayers Sharpless Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Recently Fiddler on the Roof; Faust; Susannah; Roméo et Juliette, Chautauqua Opera Mirandolina; Madame Butterfly; The Seagull, Manhattan School of Music Jonah and the Whale, Princeton Pro Musica Bach Cantata No. 80, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Apprentice Artist – Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice Upcoming Maria Padilla; Carmen; Nixon in China, Minnesota Opera
Theodore Chletsos Goro Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Recently Les contes d’Hoffmann; The Student Prince; Le jongleur de Notre Dame; The Face on the Barroom Floor, Central City Opera Roméo et Juliette; La bohème, Indianapolis Opera L’elisir d’amore; Roméo et Juliette, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Ariadne auf Naxos; Le trouvère, Sarasota Opera HMS Pinafore, Stony Hill Players The Magic Flute; The Crucible, University of Missouri Upcoming Maria Padilla; Carmen, The Minnesota Opera
Judith Howarth Butterfly Minnesota Opera Debut La traviata, 2003 Recently Samson, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam Pagliacci, Florida Grand Opera The Magic Flute, Opéra du Rhin (Strasbourg) Intermezzo; Die ägyptische Helena, Santa Fe Opera Upcoming Norma, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden Otello, Tivoli (Copenhagen) Peter Grimes, Teatro Municipal (Santiago, Chile)
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For more biographical information about these artists, visit our website at www.mnopera.org Jonathan Carle Imperial Commissioner; Prince Yamadori Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Recently Il corsaro; The Magic Flute, Sarasota Opera Don Giovanni; The Good Soldier Schweik, Glimmerglass Beatrice di Tenda, Opera in Concert Così fan tutte; Carmen, Opera North (New Hampshire) Don Giovanni; Don Quixote; Six Characters in Search of an Author; Le nozze di Figaro; others, Opera McGill Upcoming Pagliacci, Sarasota Opera Carmen; Nixon in China, The Minnesota Opera
Marc Hervieux Pinkerton Minnesota Opera Debut Recently Manon, Grand Théâtre de Genève; L’Opéra de Québec Madame Butterfly, Edmonton Opera Roméo et Juliette, Calgary Opera Lucia di Lammermoor, Paciﬁc Opera Victoria La bohème, L’Opéra de Montréal; Opera Ontario; Metz La traviata, Cap d’Antibes Festival Upcoming Les contes d’Hoffmann, L’Opéra de Québec Tosca, Paciﬁc Opera Victoria
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The Artists Angela Keeton
Butterfly Minnesota Opera Debut La bohème, 2002 Recently Suor Angelica, Opera Theatre of St. Louis La bohème, Baz Luhrmann production Don Giovanni, Florida Grand Opera Roméo et Juliette, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Madame Mao, Santa Fe Opera Upcoming Carmen, Nashville Opera Margaret Garner, Michigan Opera Theater
Kate Pinkerton Minnesota Opera Debut Lucrezia Borgia, 2004 Recently Kiss Me Kate, Brevard Music Center Into the Woods, Bloomington Music Works Jeppe; Little Women; Manon; Faust, Indiana University Upcoming Amahl and the Night Visitors, Minnesota Orchestra Nixon in China, The Minnesota Opera
The Bonze Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Recently Acis and Galatea, New Breath Productions The Magic Flute; Passion; Lucrezia Borgia; Rigoletto, The Minnesota Opera La bohème; Roméo et Juliette; Don Giovanni, Chautauqua Op. La bohème; Dead Man Walking; La traviata, Austin Lyric Op. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Central City Opera The Bartered Bride; Le nozze di Figaro; others, Indiana Univ. Upcoming Maria Padilla; Carmen, The Minnesota Opera
Sharpless Minnesota Opera Debut Turandot, 2000 Recently Carmen, Atlanta Opera Volpone; Street Scene; Don Pasquale; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Viva la mamma, Wolf Trap Opera Company La Cenerentola, Seattle Opera Pagliacci/Carmina burana; Barber, The Minnesota Opera Upcoming La Cenerentola, Lyric Opera of San Antonio L’italiana in Algeri, Opera Santa Barbara
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Pinkerton Minnesota Opera Debut Recently Carmen, Eutiner Festspiele (Germany) Rigoletto; La bohème, Essen (Germany) Les contes d’Hoffmann, Cleveland Opera Carmen; Tosca, Open Air Festival (Gars) La bohème, Knoxville Opera Company Street Scene, Bravo/Arte Network Upcoming The Rake’s Progress, Teatro Verdi (Trieste) La bohème, Cincinatti Opera
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The Artists Colin Graham
Stage Director Minnesota Opera Debut The Mikado, 1989 Recently The Secret Marriage; Flight; Hamlet, Op. Theatre of St. Louis Madame Mao, Santa Fe Opera Falstaff, Canadian Opera Company Upcoming Flight, Boston Lyric Opera Jo¯ruri, Toyko Gloriana, Opera Theatre of St. Louis Anna Karinina, Florida Grand Opera
Lighting Designer Minnesota Opera Debut Recently Le nozze di Figaro, Metropolitan Opera The Queen of Spades, Royal Opera – Covent Garden Upcoming Rigoletto; Romeo and Juliet; Beauty and the Beast; Gloriana, Opera Theatre of St. Louis Così fan tutte, San Diego Opera The Baltimore Waltz, Signature Theater (New York) Pique Dame, Teatro San Carlo (Naples) Don Pasquale, L’Opéra de Montréal
Set Designer Minnesota Opera Debut Recently Alcina, New York City Opera Madame Mao, Santa Fe Opera Cavalleria rusticana; Suor Angelica, Op. Theatre of St. Louis Le nozze di Figaro; Don Giovanni, Nikikai Opera (Tokyo) Side Man; ‘Night Mother, Broadway Here Lies Jenny; Dinner with Friends; Living Out Loud; The Mercy Seat; Runt of the Litter; Hurrah at Last; Between Us; others, Off-Broadway Regional – Guthrie Theater; Steppenwolf; La Jolla; others
SpencerStuart Featured Conductor Minnesota Opera Debut Le nozze di Figaro, 2000 Recently Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Pittsburgh Opera Theater La donna del lago; Roberto Devereux, Wash. Concert Opera Così fan tutte, Hawaii Opera Theatre Dardanus, Wolf Trap Opera Company The Handmaid’s Tale; La bohème; others, Minnesota Opera Upcoming Orlando, New York City Opera Nixon in China, The Minnesota Opera
Costume Designer Minnesota Opera Debut Aida, 1998 Recently Madame Mao, Santa Fe Opera The Smell of the Kill; Bells Are Ringing; The Rocky Horror Show; Voices in the Dark; Marlene; The Who’s Tommy; Wait Until Dark; The Young Man from Atlanta; others, Broadway Bare; Barbra’s Wedding; California Dream’n; The Carpetbagger’s Children; The Donkey Show; Jeffrey; others, Off-Broadway Upcoming All Shook Up, Broadway
Assistant Conductor Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Recently Tales of Hoffmann; Le jongleur de Notre Dame, Central City Op. The Magic Flute; The Rape of Lucretia; Passion; others, Minn. Op. Coach/Accompanist – Dialogues des Carmélites; Die Fledermaus; Eric Hermanson’s Soul (Univ. of Minnesota); Eugene Onegin; Don Pasquale; Samson et Dalila (Indianapolis Opera); Don Pasquale; Albert Herring; L’enfant et les sortilèges (Music Acad. of the West); The Medium, Angelique; The Barber of Seville (San Fran. Merola) Upcoming Maria Padilla; Carmen; Nixon in China, Minnesota Opera
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terﬂy mistakes the parting divorce settlement as a promise of return. Japonisme hit North America at the turn of the century when innovative playwright David Belasco was hot on the trail for new ideas. Belasco had spent his early years on the West Coast, working in all facets of the theater business, learning it from the bottom up. When his play La belle russe was accepted by a New York theater in 1882, a chapter in theater history was born. Already there was a trend in naturalist theater, as evidenced by Emile Zola’s treatise on the subject (Le naturalisme au théâtre, 1881), and Belasco’s particular brand of realism took theater production to a new level. Among his enhancements included bloody sides of beef used to enhance the brutality of a slaughterhouse, the spreading of pine needles onstage to augment the sense of being in the forest, even frying pancakes onstage to recreate the authentic feel of New York’s famous Child’s Restaurant. To heighten the plight of Butterﬂy, he lopped o∂ Long’s preliminary information to create unity of time and place (generally 24 hours within a single setting) and portrayed Butterﬂy’s evening-long silent vigil with a dramatic change in color and lighting with ground-breaking e∂ects. Belasco realistically retained Butterﬂy’s broken English, an aspect that delivers as live theater much more successfully than as written text (“Sa-ay! Mebby you also don’ thing he go’n’ take us live in his large castle at United States America?”). And, to heighten the drama, Butterﬂy is successful in her attempt at hara kiri. Pinkerton is curiously absent in both Long and Belasco – in the novel, though frequently referenced, most of his utterances are made in the shadow of the past, and he is only seen from a distance in Butterﬂy’s present world. During the play, Pinkerton makes two appearances, but only has a handful of spoken lines. Clearly his role had to be augmented to satisfy the expectations of Puccini’s theater audience, who would require a romantic leading man, caddish as he may be. Also needed to heighten the conﬂict and irresolution of Act i was the inclusion of a dramatically decisive moment – the appearance of the Bonze. In Long and Belasco, Butterﬂy’s conversion to Chris-
tianity is merely footnoted as a denial of her ancestors, in particular the living ones whom her husband ﬁnds so tedious. John Luther Long did not only have Loti’s novel at his disposal – he also had the recollections of his sister, Jennie Correll, who had worked as a missionary in Japan during the latter part of the 19th century. She apparently had known the son of a Scottish merchant, Thomas Blake Glover, whose mother was a Japanese “tea house” girl, Yamamura Tsura, also known as Ochô-San. She did, however, remain with her son, a∂ectionately known as Tomisaburo. Yet, it is likely Tomisaburo was adopted – according to Jan van Rij (Madame Butterﬂy, Stone Street Press), the abandonment issue comes from a possible Glover relation’s liaison with another woman of the “entertainment industry,” Kaga Maki, who was forced to give up the illegitimate child. Correll claimed to be intimate with all parties (Tomisaburo had been her student), and with a dash of sensationalism, revealed her account “previously known to only two people,” in the early 1930s, after Madame Butterﬂy had become an enormous hit. She was sketchy about the suicide, which was brought up by soprano Tamaki Miura a few years later. Long apparently had told her about the Glover family and Ochô-San’s suicide attempt, which may or may not be true, – the motivation appears unclear as Glover continued to stay with her in Japan. Of course, Long only knew the facts his sister told to him, and as it turns out, she is a potentially unreliable source. Equally plausible, Correll simply may have picked the story up as shoptalk gossip – there was certainly an abundance of temporary marriages at this time (as Loti indicated in his memoirs), many of which resulted in unexpected pregnancies and absent fathers. In a related argument, Arthur Groos (Cambridge Opera Journal, 3, 2, 125–158) draws notice to a naval ofﬁcer, William B. Franklin, and a ship’s doctor, John Stamford Sayre (Long’s surname for Puccini’s Sharpless) serving aboard a Japanbound ship in the last decade of the 19th century, at the same time as Correll was in Nagasaki. But the identity of any actual “Cio-Cio-San” associated with these two men remains elusive.
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The Minnesota Opera Fund Individual Donors: The Bel Canto Circle The Bel Canto Circle is The Minnesota Opera’s highest category of personal support, indicating lead gifts of $10,000 or more. With this designation, we recognize these very special friends for their commitment to the tradition of opera in our community. Bel Canto $10,000+ Karen Bachman Rebecca Rand and E. Thomas Binger Mary and Gus Blanchard Rod and Susan Boren Darlene J. and Richard P. Carroll Rusty and Burt Cohen Ellie and Tom Crosby, Jr. Julia W. Dayton
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$50,000 – $99,000
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