When staying in a city, I always try to go to the opera. It is my thing. Oslo is not an exception and since it has such a beautiful Opera House, I jumped on the occasion and went to listen Puccini’s Japanese tragedy, Madama Butterfly.
For those who are not familiar with the story, the action takes place in Japan just after the Second World War. American soldiers are occupying the country, and there is desperate poverty and mass prostitution. In this cultural melting pot, Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly) and Pinkerton meet – she dreaming of the freedom that America represents, he with a longing for the exotic Far East, both of them on a collision course with reality (source : Operaen.no).
The role of Cio-Cio-San is sung by Hui He, a Chinese soprano who was really breathtaking.
The show is on until September 6th, so if there are still tickets available and you are in Oslo, I can only advise you to go ! Tickets and information can be found here. See also a video of the show here. (Photos are from operaen.no)