Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly – Revisited by Anna Chromy


Albert Camus: “Conscience is more important than life”. Its absence can kill.
Inspired by Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, the artist Anna Chromy has created a project for a ballet, with a number of scenic sketches, complemented by costume designs for the main characters. The idea originated at the Puccini Festival at Torre Del Lago in Tuscany, where the project had its Première during the Lyric Season 2017.
Cio-Cio-San’s touching mixture of sweetness, anguish, vulnerability, and courage has inspired Puccini to some of his most emotionally expansive and heartbreakingly tender melodies. No wonder that she inspired Anna Chromy to some of her most emotionally charged drawings. The life story of Cio-Cio-San has spurred Anna to treat this subject as a classic example of how the absence of conscience can lead to destruction and self-annihilation.
You can touch Anna’s compassion with the victim with your hands and her outrage about the attitude of Pinkerton, a perfect example for a Western superiority complex.
Anna continues with this project her “Conscience Art”, which she has developed over the last 20 years in order to awaken the conscience of her contemporaries. A development that culminated in her monumental “Cloak of Conscience”, a space of contemplation of our inner self, sculpted into a single block of 250 tons from the famous Michelangelo quarry in Carrara.

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