Cosenza, applause debut of the opera season at the Rendano with Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”

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By John

Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is intense, movingwhich inaugurated the 58th Rendano Opera Season for the artistic direction of Luigi Stillo. Cio cio san struck a chord with the audience who crowded into the second performance, in the afternoon of Sunday 12 November. A packed and satisfied Rendano who appreciated thesetup essential, sparse, but full of suggestions by Marco Voleri which makes the tender and tragic story of the little geisha realistic and significant. The entire audience is moved by the desperation of the fifteen-year-old girl seduced ‘in jest’ by the bold Pinkerton. And the direction forcefully highlights the characters, the beauties and the miseries of the soul of those who act on stage. Cio-cio-sanprecisely Madama Butterfly, absolutely fitting for the excellent Bergamo soprano Francesca Triburzi; a voice is full, lush and mellow, precise in the high notes which are always well balanced. Every syllable, every look is experienced and suffered, the crying as a child, the gesture, the rigid pose of the body which gradually softens during the course of the drama, the facial plasticity: everything becomes decisive in sculpting a true and sincere character. At the end, the audience gave her a real ovation. The tenor Vitaliy Kovalchuk is more composed than Pinkerton, who gradually convinces the audience by winning them over with his precision and his intense and uniform voice. Overall, an interpreter who manages to portray the Gascon and careless American officer. Well done Suzuki Alessandra Palomba, Piero Terranova in the role of Sharpless and Saverio Pugliese in that of Goro. For the latter, big applause at the finale. The interpretation of the “Francesco Cilea” Lyric Choir was excellent, properly prepared by Bruno Tirotta who moved fluidly between Cristina Russo’s scenes. The costumes from the Bianchi theater tailoring shop in Milan were beautiful and sober, while the choreographies by Filippo Stabile for the dancers on stage, Alessia Tavolaro and Francesco Pio Minio, filled the orchestral moments and the admirable closed-mouthed choir with grace and beauty. The performance of the Brutia Symphony Orchestra was excellent, a now consolidated reality, which has quickly become a real flagship of the city, masterfully directed by Giuseppe Finzi, a fiery and dry gesture, a show within the show in the pit.