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Opera: Madame Butterfly

According to the records of the Municipality of San Miguel our production of Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” on February 10 and 12th, 2017 at the Angela Peralta theater will be the first ever performance of the opera in San Miguel for over a century.  The story is based on actual events when Tsuru Yamamuri, the young geisha who gave birth to the child of a United States Navy officer, was known to the people of Nagasaki as O-Cio-San – or Madame Butterfly. Author John Luther Long drew literary substance to write a short story which David Belasco turned into a theatrical tragedy. On a trip to London, Puccini saw a performance of that Madame Butterfly and immediately acquired the adaptation rights from the author. How do you say no to “an impulsive Italian with tears in his eyes and both arms around your neck?” 

Puccini attuned his ear to the sonorities of the mystifying Japanese language by listening to the actress Sada Yacco and then the wife of the Japanese ambassador who sang him melodies from her homeland.  The composer pored over books on the customs of the Empire of the Rising Sun with all the meticulousness of an ethnographer. Against this backdrop of imaginary reality the Meisson-like fragility of the abandoned heroine stands out; she is Puccini's most moving heroine, and she was his personal favourite.


In the opera she becomes Cio-Cio San and the role in Pro Musica’s production will be sung by the remarkable young rising star of Mexican opera, lyric soprano Dhyana Arom.  Dhyana has risen from being a relative unknown into a singer with an unusually large vocal range capable of tackling the most demanding roles in the space of just a few years.  Dhyana was an instant success when she recently sang Dona Elvira in Don Giovanni, as she was as Frasquita in Carmen .  Her career has also included leading roles in operas by composers including Haydn and Cimarosa, as well s soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and much more.  I have no doubt that her assured stage presence and the power and beauty of her voice will make her a huge hit in our Butterfly.

Additionally, help support a large number of young musicians in San Miguel by attending our Gala Fundraiser on Tuesday February 7th at 5 pm in a magnificent private Hacienda in Los Frailes. The evening will commence with a champagne and canapé reception and the Pro Music Youth Orchestra playing a selection of classical music from their repertoire.  Founded a year ago and some 40 strong, the orchestra is already at music Academy standard. This will be followed by a three course, served dinner with wines in the magnificent sala of the Hacienda.  The evening culminates with the stars of the opera singing after dinner, with songs and arias from many different idioms. Your presence will support the Pro Musica Youth Orchestra and all our other Education Outreach Programs at our only Fundraiser of the year. 

Don’t miss Madam Butterfly at the Teatro Angela Peralta on Friday, February 10th at 7 pm and Sunday February 12th at 5 pm. Tickets from as little as $250 pesos are now on sale at all our usual sales outlets, and through our website