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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Marvin David Levy
Lionel Abel
Leopold Sachse (Director)
Margaret Hillis (Conductor)
May 04, 1958
Music in Our Time
A disturbed Spanish King takes comfort in his depressive solitude. He has decreed that bells shall no longer toll, in spite of the monks' protests. His Queen has found solace in the court’s Jester, Folial. Now, she is dying at the hand of her enraged husband for her promiscuous behaviour. The King tricks the Jester into a confession about his relationship with the Queen and makes him beg for mercy. He then forces the Jester to entertain him. The Jester performs an impromptu play in which a beggar becomes king. During the play, he steals the King's crown. The King, seemingly in the spirit of things, wears the Jester's cap. They begin to playact one another's lives. The tension quickly escalates and the King reveals that he has poisoned the Queen. As the two men struggle, a monk announces the death of the Queen. The King proceeds to summon the executioner, and the Jester is killed.
The King (h-b)
Folial (lyr-t)
The Monk (b)
The Man in Scarlet (silent role)
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