Friday Ist & Sunday 3rd February 2013

Le Grenat,
Théâtre de l’Archipel, Perpignan

Giacomo Puccini 

Performed by the Cie Opéra Éclaté

  MADAME BUTTERFLY Giacomo Puccini  Performed by the Cie Opéra Éclaté

Nagasaki 1900. An officer of the U.S. Navy, Pinkerton, marries a 15 year ikd geisha, known as Madame Butterfly, before returning to his ship. He actually married her for convenience, and has every intention of leaving her once he finds a proper American wife. All for love, she gives up her religion and is rejected by his family. Living in extreme poverty, she waits in hope for his return.  A few years later, Pinkerton returns, with his new American wife …

Puccina described it as the ‘the most sincere and  evocative opera  I have ever written’.   The original opera, in two acts, received bad reviews at its premiere in 1904, at La Scala in Milan.  Puccini changed it into three acts, and the new version was a great success.

Madama Butterfly now ranks at number 7 on the list of most-performed operas in the world.

More info:
‪Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬
‪Avenue Général Leclerc‬
‪BP 90 327 – 66003 Perpignan cedex‬
‪Tel : 04 68 62 62 00‬
‪Email :‬



Le Théâtre de l’Archipel‬

There is an exciting new addition to the Perpignan skyline. If you have been to Perpignan in the last few months you would have noticed a large construction along Avenue Général Leclerc and a giant concrete bubble. This bubble is ‬now‪ ‘the grenat,’ a large theatre space accommodating 1100 guests and the venue of the Théâtre de l’Archipel. Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the theatre will bring a touch of prestige to the previously rundown edge of the city.‬

‪The new theatre and cultural precinct is designed to be an artistic & cultural hub for the city. Welcoming local and international artists, it is hoped the precinct will encourage a spirit of multiculturalism and social tolerance.‬

‪There is something for everyone in the season line-up including theatre, dance, circus, opera, classical & contemporary music, as well as a special programme for children. Some of the artists performing include Eric Cantona, Thomas Dutronc and Yael Naim. Ticket prices range from 11€ to 40€.‬

‪For ticket and performance information you can visit the theatre website: Here you will be able to read more about “the grenat” and take a virtual tour of the site.‬

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