Turin, What a Spectacle!

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A Sunday experience, perfect for those who love culture, that of art and theatre, but also that of cuisine.

On Sunday 18 June 2023, we offer you a tour, between the theatre's performance of 'Madama Butterfly' and oriental food, that will take you on an eye-opening journey, discovering two key venues in the city of Turin: the Teatro Regio di Torino and Ristorante Kensho.


An opera inspired by a true story. In a large port city in Japan, a teenage geisha is sold as a bride to an American naval officer, Pinkerton. The girl, nicknamed Madama Butterfly for her fragile beauty, is deeply in love and unaware that for the man, the marriage is just a game. Butterfly soon finds herself alone and with a child to raise, but her love is tenacious. After three long years, Pinkerton returns to Japan with his real American wife and Butterfly, crushed by disillusionment, hands over her son to the couple and takes her own life.

Through a touching story, the opera, completed in 1904, recounts the encounter and misunderstanding between Western and Eastern culture. The latter is seductively evoked through the use of traditional melodies and exotic instrumental combinations. Songs expressing Butterfly's long wait and unwavering confidence have become famous, such as the aria Un bel dì vedremo and the Act II intermezzo, the delicate closed-mouthed chorus.

Dmitri Jurowski, an acknowledged interpreter of the 20th century operatic and symphonic repertoire, brings out the interweaving of different musical traditions, as well as the sensuality that pervades the opera. A performance with a strong aesthetic and emotional impact the one signed for the Regio by Damiano Michieletto, who brings the story back to the truest and rawest essence of the subject: an affair of sex tourism, set in a large metropolis in East Asia.

Dmitri Jurowski conductor
Damiano Michieletto director
Elisabetta Acella directing
Paolo Fantin sets
Carla Teti costumes
Marco Filibeck lights
Andrea Anfossi lighting revival
Andrea Secchi choirmaster
Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino
Staging Teatro Regio Torino



Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco

First performance:
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 17/02/1904

Sopratitoli in Italian/English
Running time: 2h 50'

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