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Outline

The Aim

The goal of the “Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki,” which is held in the city that forms the setting of the original opera, is to unearth talented singers and artists who can lead the next generation of the opera community. This competition also hopes to develop an appreciation for music and to establish a reputation for Nagasaki as a world-renowned tourist city based on international friendship.

Madama Butterfly image

Glover Garden and “Madama Butterfly”

Glover Garden

“The novel “Madame Butterfly” was written in 1898 by American author John Luther Long, who based it on a story he had heard from his elder sister, Sarah Jane (Jennie) Correll (wife of Irvin Correll, the headmaster of Chinzei Gakuen School) who was living in the foreign settlement of Higashi-Yamate in the early 1890s.

The opera “Madama Butterfly” was written by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini based on Long’s novel, and is an enduring masterpiece. Beautiful Japanese melodies are used throughout the work, stirring the audience’s emotions and arousing their interest in and admiration for “Japanese” culture.

At the Glover Garden is preserved a photograph of Tamaki Miura, the world-famous Japanese opera singer, taken in 1922 outside the former Alt Residence with Jennie Correl, and statues of Tamaki Miura and Giacomo Puccini have been erected in the gardens. Glover Garden was also visited in 1973 by the century’s prima donna, Maria Callas, who planted a commemorative olive tree there. It is known widely throughout the world as the setting for the opera “Madama Butterfly”.

2004 was the 100th anniversary of the first performance of the opera at Teatro Alla Scala in Milano, Italy. That year, as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the opening of Glover Garden, some 60 items belonging to the opera singer Teiko Kiwa were displayed at the former Ringer Residence. Teiko Kiwa’s grandmother Kiwa Yamaguchi was from Nagasaki. Although Teiko Kiwa’s name is not very well-known in Japan, she journeyed to Milano on her own at the age of 17 and was lauded all over pre-war Europe as the prima donna of the opera “Madama Butterfly”. Her dream of someday returning to Japan could not in the end be realized, and in 1983 she passed away in Nice, France, at the age of 80.

History of “Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki”

2004

The 1st Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

November 20 (Sat) – 23 (Tue)

Members of the Jury (Alphabetical order)

Kotaro Sato (Japan/ Chairperson)

Kyoko Ito (Japan/ Vice Chairperson)

Guo Shuzhen (China), Yasuko Hayashi (Japan)

Futoru Katsube (Japan)

Giannicola-Pigliucci (Italy)

Song-Hak Shim (Korea)

Applicants (142 contestants from 4 countries)

Results of the first competition

1st prize: Emi Norimatsu (Japan/ Soprano)

2nd prize: Jinhua Zhou (China/ Tenor)

3rd prize: Tianqin Zheng (China/ Soprano)

2004 The 1st Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

2005

The 1st Prizewinners’ Concert

Performers

The 1st Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

1st prize: Emi Norimatsu

2nd prize: Jinhua Zhou

3rd prize: Tianqin Zheng

Mitsuru Hirano (piano)

Naoko Yamaura (piano)

YUBO (cello)

November 23 (Wed)

Miyajima Concert (Itsukushima Shinto Shrine)

November 24 (Thu)

Hirosima Concert (Hiroshima City Minami Ward Community Cultural Center)

November 26 (Sat)

Nagasaki Concert (Nagasaki Brick Hall)

November 28 (Mon)

Tokyo Concert (Suntory Hall)

2005 The 1st Prizewinners' Concert

2006

The 2nd Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

Members of the Jury

Kotaro Sato (Japan/ Chairperson)

Kyoko Ito (Japan/Vice Chairperson)

Guo Shuzhen (China), Yasuko Hayashi (Japan)

Futoru Katsube (Japan)

Giannicola-Pigliucci (Italy)

Marcella Reale (America)

Song-Hak Shim (Korea), Xianlin Wang (China)

Applicants (127 contestants from 8 countries)

Results of the second competition

1st prize: Luwa Ke (China/ Soprano)

2nd prize: Hwang Byoung-nam (Korea/Tenor)

3rd prize: Joung Sung-mi (Korea/Soprano)

2006 The 2nd Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

2007

The 2nd Prizewinners’ Concert

Performers

The 2nd Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

1st prize: Luwa Ke

2nd prize: Hwang Byoung-nam

3rd prize: Joung Sung-mi

Masahiro Sato (Conductor/piano)

Tatuzou Akasaka (clarinet)

Yuzuru Kuwata (violin)

Naoko Yamaura (piano)

Miharu Mori (piano)

November 17 (Sat)

Nagasaki Concert (Nagasaki Brick Hall)

November 19 (Mon)

Tokyo Concert (Suntory Hall)

2007 The 2nd Prizewinners' Concert

2008

The 3rd Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

Members of the Jury

Ryosuke Hatanaka (Japan/ Chairperson)

Kyoko Ito (Japan/Vice Chairperson)

Yasuko Hayashi (Japan), Keiko Kataoka (Japan)

Futoru Katsube (Japan)

Dario Ponissi (Italy)

Marcella Reale (America)

Song-Hak Shim (Korea), Xianlin Wang (China)

Applicants (155 contestants from 12 countries)

Results of the third competition

1st prize: Kim Jeong-Kyu (Korea/Tenor)

2nd prize: Naoyuki Okada (Japan /Tenor)

3rd prize: Kai Wang (China/Tenor)

2008 The 3rd Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

2009

The 3rd Concert by Prizewinners

Performers

The 3rd Madama Butterfly International Concours in Nagasaki

1st prize: Kim Jeong-Kyu

2nd prize: Naoyuki Okada

3rd prize: Kai Wang

Masahiro Sato (piano)

Jin Hirasawa (violin)

Akiko Kanou (violin)

Tomohiro Kobayasi (viola)

Hirohisa Miyata (cello)

Naoko Yamaura (piano)

Miharu Mori (piano)

September 26 (Sat)

Nagasaki Concert (Nagasaki Brick Hall)

September 28 (Mon)

Tokyo Concert (Italian lyceum)

2009 The 3rd Concert by Prizewinners