Scale down Madama Butterfly all you like (thanks Covid-19!). Giacomo Puccini’s haunting libretto of sex, betrayal and suicide will still pack a hefty punch, especially when viewed through a post #MeToo filter. The Greek National Opera delivers a pared back production of Butterfly with a reduced orchestra but all of the stirring arias and impressive pageantry you’d expect from this dramatic oriental opera, which was Puccini’s own favourite. The staging marks the 80th anniversary of Madama Butterfly’s historic premiere at the GNO on October 25, 1940, three days before the start of the Greco-Italian war. Seating is restricted because of health regulations so pin down yours early before all the tickets flutter away!
In line with the restrictive measures for the protection of public health against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) announced by the Greek Government, the Greek National Opera’s Stavros Niarchos Hall will operate at 30% maximum capacity, namely, with 420 seats out of a total of 1,400. Moreover, it is noted that according to the instructions of the Greek State, tickets will only be purchased online or by telephone, the use of mask will be obligatory when entering and exiting the building and throughout the performances, on either side of each seat (single or double) there will be at least two empty seats left, overcrowding shall be avoided, and the prescribed physical distance between viewers and between the audience and the stage / orchestra shall be maintained, while special protocols are in place for the cleaning, disinfection, air-conditioning and ventilation system of all areas of the GNO at the SNFCC.