After 10 years Madama Butterfly returns to Montevideo’s stages

With the Symphony Orchestra and the National Choir of Sodre, Madama Butterfly premieres this November 30th at the Auditorio Nacional del Sodre, under the direction of Pablo Maritano, musical direction of Diego Naser and Set Design by Enrique Bordolini



The Japanese tragedy in two acts with music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, was presented from November 30th to December 6th with a large cast led by Carlo Ventre, Eiko Senda, Omar Carrión, Cecilia Díaz, among others.


The musical direction will be of Diego Naser, and the stage direction will be in charge of Pablo Maritano, and scenography of Enrique Bordolini. A setting that mixes the classic with a contemporary scenic language, through the use of video mapping and a set design and costumes made in the workshops of the Auditorium.


Madama Butterfly is one of the most performed operas on stages around the world. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San, better known as Butterfly, thrills any audience with the innate talent of Puccini. A story that tells the hard struggle between two unrecognizable civilizations. Puccini inspired his argument in the novel Madame Chrysanthème, written by the Frenchman Pierre Loti in 1887. In it, Ki-Hou-San could undoubtedly be considered the direct inspiration of Cio-Cio-San’s character. For the libretto proper, he requested the services of Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, who in the same way made the scripts of La Bohème and Tosca.


The opera was premiered on February 17, 1904 at La Scala in Milan and was undoubtedly the great professional failure of Puccini’s life, since the second act, which lasted 90 minutes, was too long for the Italian public. Thus, he decided to divide it into two and intersperse an aria as an intermezzo between the two, which would eventually become the most famous of the work: Un bel di vedremo.


He graduated from the School of Fine Arts Ernesto de la Cárcova and the Higher Institute of Art of the Teatro Colón, and also studied piano and text theatre. He is one of the most active stage directors in his country, recognized for his innovative approach to the repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the contemporary. His more than 50 productions have been presented in theaters of his country and abroad. He was recognized with numerous international awards: International Critic Award for Platée (Rancagua, 2015) and Otello (Santiago de Chile, 2014); at the New Music Theater Festival in Berlin by Cachafaz (2012), by Die Soldaten in Buenos Aires 2016 and Production of the year ‘Movimento’ by Norma (Bello Horizonte, 2017). His teaching activity includes working in different institutions in Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Italy, France and Brazil.


He is currently one of the most active and outstanding conductors of his generation. He joined the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Baden Symphony Orchestra (Austria), the Kiel Philharmonic and the Hamburg Radio Symphony NDR. He is violinist of Mtro. Daniel Barenboim at the West Eastern Divan Orchestra and collaborates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Kian Soltani, Jonas Kaufmann, Michael Barenboim, Guy Braunstein, highlighting his performances at the international music festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Waldbühne Berlin and BBC PROMS in London the Royal Albert Hall. He has directed some of the most important orchestras in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Austria, Italy, Portugal and Chile. He is the musical and artistic director of the Sodre Symphony Orchestra since 2018.


He trained at the Higher Institute of Art of the Teatro Colón where he was responsible for the design of lighting systems (1979). He was Technical Director of the Teatro Argentino de la Plata, Municipal of Santiago de Chile and stage director of the Teatro Colón (1998). He made the scenographic design of La Traviata, Le Cantatrice, The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, Ernani, Nabucco, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Fedora, Die Soldaten and Julio César in prestigious theaters in America, Europe and the Middle East.


Musical direction: Diego Naser
Stage direction: Pablo Maritano
Assistant director: Mercedes Marmorek
Set design and lighting: Enrique BordoliniImme
Costumes: Moller
Video design and editing: Hernán Curioni
Choir direction: Esteban Louise
Stage and props production: Workshops Auditorio Nacional del Sodre
Costume: Gently donated by the Argentine Theater of La Plata through the Framework Agreement of collaboration between it and SODRE.


Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly): Eiko Senda / Sandra Silvera*
Pinkerton (Lieutenant of the Navy of the United States): Carlo Ventre / Andrés Presno*
Sharpless (Consul of the United States in Nagasaki): Omar Carrión / Gustavo Gibert*
Suzuki (servant of Cio-Cio-San): Cecilia Díaz / Stephanie Holm*
Goro: Gerardo Marandino
Prince Yamadori:Godiño Alvaro
Imperial Commissar: Marcelo Otegui
Yakusidé: Rodrigo Cabeda
Kate Pinkerton: Anna Pimentel
Civil Registry Officer: Santiago Iván García

( *) December 1 and 3