「オペラ 蝶々夫人へ衣装提供させて頂きました!」Madama Butterfly Opera


You probably have heard of “Madame Butterfly” – a famous short story written in 1898?

Mr. Pinkerton, an American naval officer gets stationed in Nagasaki and after encouragement takes on a Japanese wife and household. After marrying and spending brief time with his wife ChoCho-san who works as a Geisha, his ship has to leave Japan.
During his absence and without his knowledge ChoCho-san bears a son and patiently waits 3 years for Pinkerton to return to her as promised.
Whilst everyone recommends her to file a divorce and take on a Japanese husband, she insists on his return. Finally one day his ship returns to the harbor, however he does not visit ChoCho-san. Instead she finds out that he brought his American wife who plans to take the son to America. Heartbroken ChoCho attempts suicide, yet decides to take life in her own hand and escape with her son.










蝶々夫人の演者としては、三浦環(みうら たまき)さんが有名です。海外で2000回も公演されたといわれます。三浦さんは、ドイツにも留学されています。この方の像が、グラバー園にあるようなので、是非、行ってみたいです。

This story has been turned into an opera play by Giacomo Puccini, which premiered in Milan, Italy in 1904. This play has been popular until today on stages worldwide. 


©︎Marco Kneise

What is the connection to SALZ? SALZと蝶々夫人との関係は?

You might be wondering why I am picking up such topic on my blog?

Well, the Madama Butterfly Opera recently premiered in the German theatre Nordhausen, and I am especially excited because I was able to provide the butterfly furisode kimono, the lead part ChoCho-san (or CioCio-san) is wearing on stage!!



蝶々さんには、やっぱり、蝶々の目立つ着物ですよね。本当に、光栄でした。(注: すべての衣装ではないですよ)

©︎Marco Kneise

It is so surreal to see a vintage kimono I carefully sourced, make its debut on such a stage!
Very exciting! Thank you for choosing one of my kimono!

I haven’t seen the play myself, but judging from the pictures I adore the modern twist of the costumes! Surely it must be difficult to prepare kimono for fast outfit changes on stage!



©︎Marco Kneise

The theatre was so kind to send me some pictures and information as well – so if you are in Germany this year or in 2020 and curious in this opera – let me share the next dates and locations as below 



Madama Butterfly in Germany 
オペラ蝶々夫人 ドイツ公演

Sa 30.11.2019 19:30 – 22:00 Madama Butterfly Theater Nordhausen
So 05.01.2020 18:00 – 20:30 Madama Butterfly Theater Nordhausen
Sa 04.04.2020 19:30 – 22:00 Madama Butterfly Saalfeld, Meininger Hof
Fr 24.04.2020 19:30 – 22:00 Madama Butterfly Saalfeld, Meininger Hof
So 26.04.2020 15:00 – 17:30 Madama Butterfly Saalfeld, Meininger Hof
Sa 02.05.2020 19:30 – 22:00 Madama Butterfly Saalfeld, Meininger Hof
Di 05.05.2020 15:00 – 17:30 Madama Butterfly Saalfeld, Meininger Hof
So 10.05.2020 18:00 – 20:30 Madama Butterfly Saalfeld, Meininger Hof

Visit the German website for more infos:

Have you ever seen an opera or theatre performance of Madame Butterfly? Or perhaps seen one of the old movies? Let me know in the comments!

蝶々夫人を見たことある人?映画で見たことある人? 是非コメントで感想を聞かせてくださいね。

それでは皆さん、さよなら さよなら さよなら (淀川長治さん風に)

©︎Marco Kneise ドイツにいらしたら、是非!

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