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Madama Butterfly and Henley Christmas reception – both reflecting their times

Puccini’s immortal tragedy, Madama Butterfly opera, reflects its time in many ways. The sun rises in Nagasaki, where American naval officer Pinkerton chose Cio-Cio-san as his bride, a naïve 15 years old geisha. When betrayal strikes, and Butterfly must endure shame and sorrow, she decides to take destiny into her own hands.

Henley Finland Alumni Christmas Party was executed this year with a new concept at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. After COVID-19, Henley alumni’s feedback was that face-to-face networking is needed; we had over 100 participants.
The evening began with a warm welcome from Annu Matula, Managing Director and Michaela Ramm-Schmidt, Henley Alumni Board Chairperson. The artistic director of the opera, Thomas de Mallet Burgess, welcomed the Henley Alumni to the event and opened up about not only the wonderful music of Madama Butterfly but also possible reflections on today’s world.

Both Madama Butterfly and our Christmas reception reflected their times, but how does Madama Butterfly reflect our times? And how about the need to meet people? Was it also valid at the beginning of the century?

It was a beautiful evening for all our Alumni to network and unwind after a hectic autumn. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas reception. We hope to see you at our upcoming events next year.

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