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29 Jan

Konstantin ANDREYEV sings the part of Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly on February 1

Madame Butterfly performance in the Odessa Opera features Konstantin ANDREYEV as Pinkerton on Saturday, February 1. Last time he sang that part on the Odessa Opera stage in 2004. The singer had been working in the theaters of Europe for a long time and returned to Odessa in 2013. This theatrical season Mr. Andreyev has performed in the Christmas Stories concert and has sung the part of Calàf in Puccini’s Turandot on January 18. 

Taisiya SHAFRANSKAYA sings Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the first time on February 1. She is a postgraduate student at the Nezhdanova Odessa National Music Academy. She was invited to join the Odessa Opera Company in 2013, which is also true for Mr. ANDREYEV.

Larisa ZUENKO, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, sings the leading role of Cio-Cio San. Other performers are Tatiana SPASSKAYA, Honoured Artist of Ukraine (Suzuki), Yuri DUDAR (Prince Yamadori), Vladimir MURASHCHENKO (Sharpless), Valery REGRUT (Goro, a matchmaker), Dmitry SEBOV (The Imperial Commissioner), Sergey UZUN (The Bonze, Cio-Cio San’s uncle), chorus, extras and the theater orchestra.

Ihor TCHERNETSKY conducts the performance.

In February 2014 it will have been 110 years since Madame Butterfly’s premiere in Milan’s Teatro La Scala took place. The audience booed the opera on that day. Such reaction made the composer revise the opera (first of all, the composer divided Act 2, which turned out to be too long, into two parts). The second premiere performance took place in Teatro Grande in Brescia in May 1904(a Ukrainian legendary soprano Solomiya Krushelnytska sang Cio-Cio-San).The opera got acclaim and the masterpiece became one of the most important operas in repertoires of the world’s leading theatres.