Zomeropera is pulling out all the stops for the 2020 season with a formidable production.
In Madame Butterfly, Puccini has blended vocals, music and theatre to create an overwhelming opera.
This is the ninth collaboration for director Frank Van Laecke and Zomeropera.
He cemented his fame in Flanders with the Studio 100 musicals 14-18, Daens and 40-45, and in the meanwhile he directs award-winning opera productions abroad.
The enchantingly beautiful music is conducted by Federico Santo, another familiar face at Zomeropera. <br>He conducted the operas in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and has added Zomeropera to his international diary once more for this season.
Frank Van Laecke surmises his directorial concept as follows: “Cio-Cio-San shares her story with many others.
In her name, women (spectral shadows on the stage) wait for the return of he who will never stay.
Her total dedication, her unyielding reasoning make that waiting is merely an inevitable phase in the story of her life.
One that has a familiar ending. After all, there can be only two outcomes: reunion or death. Sorrow and hurt perish in both cases.”
The reveal in the finale as created by Frank Van Laecke is astounding and will leave no heart untouched.
The metamorphosis of a naive geisha into a young woman devastated by sorrow is directed in a splendid manner.
The set by Paul Gallis is an impressive feat of Japanese restraint, and the stunning costumes by Yan Tax combined with the lighting contribute to a meticulously correct atmosphere in each scene. Madame Butterfly is the moving story of Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese woman, who spends years waiting for the love of her life, American lieutenant Benjamin Franklin, to return to her.
When it becomes clear that the unconditional love was unrequited, her world collapses.