Madama Butterfly, by Teatro Lirico Sperimentale


At the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti, Spoleto, 17, 18 and 19 September 2021preview for schools, 65+ and associations’ on 14, 15 and 16 September 2021

«It seems paradoxical that at a time of separation, distancing and isolation an immersive process of spectator participation can be generated for a shared theatricality. The deconstruction of the stage space accompanied by various levels of narration, the story of Butterfly’s solitude and centrality around which everything revolves, becomes the metaphor of a return to the theatre through an oriental-inspired ritual.» Stefano Monti, direction and staging

After the successful Intermezzi del ‘700 at the Teatro Caio Melisso, the 75th Opera Season moves to the Teatro Nuovo di Spoleto with the new production of Giacomo Puccini‘s MADAMA BUTTERFLY that will debut on Friday 17 September at 20.30 [1st performance]. The play will first be staged for schools, 65+ and associations on Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 September at 18.00, and Wednesday 15 at 16.00, will then be repeated on Saturday 18 September at 20.30 (2nd performance) and Sunday 19 September at 17.00 (3rd performance).

The production will also be staged at the Teatro Morlacchi di Perugia on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September at ore 20.30.

Madama Butterfly, on a libretto by Giacomo Giacosa and Luigi Illica, is one of the best-known titles in Puccini’s repertoire. However, the direction will offer the audience new insights and perspectives on the opera.

«In this new production – comments musical director Carlo Palleschi – we will try, together with the young performers selected by the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale, to analytically retrace the compositional procedures adopted by Puccini to give back to the audience in a conscious, and I would say almost “scientific” way, the sensations and emotional situations conceived and calibrated with extreme refinement and precision by the musician. We will also try to highlight the modernity of the musical structures that are hidden behind an apparent ease of listening, the effectiveness of which has allowed this drama with its particular colour to conquer generations of spectators, becoming one of the most loved and performed operas in the entire opera repertoire»

It was also the restrictions imposed by the containment of Covid 19 that led to a rethinking of the theatre space, which in a certain sense inspired the direction and staging, as the director Stefano Monti writes: “To make the physical distancing possible, a necessary condition for performing theatre at the time of Covid 19, I had to take a different look at the theatre building and its architecture: re-organise the stage space and dilate the space set aside for the artistic masses. Trying to go beyond the codified rules of musical theatre was a reason for stimulation and research”.

The musical direction is entrusted to maestro Carlo Palleschi, while the direction and staging to Stefano Monti. Animated illustrations by Lamberto Azzariti; costumes by Clelia De Angelis; lighting by Eva Bruno. Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”. Choirmaster Mauro Presazzi. Collaborators Davide Finotti, Lorenzo Masoni, Mauro Presazzi and Luca Spinosa.

In the leading roles, the soloists of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto “A. Belli”: Madama Butterfly (Cio Cio-San) will be performed by Sara Cortolezzis, Maria Stella Maurizi and Giorgia Teodoro; Suzuki, Cio Cio-San’s servant will be interpreted by Dyana Bovolo, Giada Frasconi, Magdalena Urbanowicz; Klara Luznik will be Kate Pinkerton; United States Navy Lieutenant F. B. Pinkerton is interpreted by Nicola Di Filippo, Oronzo D’Urso and Andrea Vincenti; Roberto Calamo and Alberto Petricca will be US consul at Nagasaki, Sharpless; Federico Vita will be Goro, nakodo; Prince Yamadori: Matteo Lorenzo Pietrapiana; Uncle Bonzo: Giacomo Pieracci and Alberto Crapanzano; Imperial Commissioner: Maurizio Cascianelli; Register’s Officer: Antonio Trippetti; Dolore, son of Cio-Cio-San: Agnese Romani. Monique Arnaud is the Codes’ Custodian.

The presentation of the show will be held on Friday 17 September 2021 at 6 p.m., on the Terrace of the Albergo Ristorante Il Panciolle. Free entrance. The artistic directors Michelangelo Zurletti and Enrico Girardi, the musical director Carlo Palleschi, and the director Stefano Monti will be present.

Tickets: Ticket Italia (in Spoleto Box 25 – Piazza della Vittoria, 25. Tel. 0743. 47967, Monday through Saturday 9.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 19.30, Sat afternoon closed) and online:

The central ticket office of the Teatro Nuovo will be open on 17 and 18 September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to the beginning of the show. On 19 September from 3 p.m. to the beginning of the show. Stalls and 1st order box seats €30 | 2nd order box seats €25 | 3rd order box seats €20 | gallery €15. Single admission to previews €15. For further information call 0743.222889 – 338.8562727 or visit and

A mask, GREEN PASS and a valid identity document are required to access the theatre.

In 2021 the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale was awarded the TARGA DEL PRESIDENTE DELLA REPUBBLICA for its 75 years of activity.

The 2021 activities are made possible thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Regione Umbria, the City of Spoleto, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Spoleto, the Francesca, Valentina and Luigi Antonini Foundation and thanks to the collaboration of the Province of Perugia and the cities of Città di Castello, Foligno, Perugia, Terni and Todi.

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