Thirteen minutes of applause for Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under the direction of maestro Riccardo Chailly and directed by Alvis Hermanis have opened the season of Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This first night, “La prima”, is always held on 7 December, feast day of Saint Ambrose, patron saint of the city. For this Butterfly, maestro Chailly decided to perform the original version of 1904 which at the time was booed at La Scala. Adapted from a play by David Belasco, composer Giacomo Puccini’s first version of the Japanese tragedy was presented at La Scala on February 17, 1904.
Rain of flowers from the gallery and standing ovation for the Uruguayan soprano Maria Josè Siri in the title role. After being acclaimed by the public, the Primadonna attended the gala dinner in a precious traditional Japanese dress. The Kimono is entirely embroidered with peacocks and plant motifs. This design recall the works of art by Utagawa Hiroshige.
Not go unnoticed the gold-tone high-heel winged sandals and the coordinated clutch by Giuseppe Zanotti.