The Opera Company of Tirana has probably one of the lowest budgets of any opera company in the world, but oh what it does with its limited resources! I loved the curtain/screen that was on display when we entered the theater. It was simple but set the tone for this oriental opera.
Unfortunately my camera battery ran out during the opera so I was only able to catch these two shots, but I think the second one is quite good. This was my favourite scene of the night because of all the Japanese kimonos, umbrellas and the tea ceremony.
I have to commend the two lead singers for doing a wonderful job! I met Armando last month at a party and he was very strong as Lieutenant Pinkerton, and the young Albania female in the role of Madame Butterfly received a fabulous standing ovation. The scene stealer of the evening was the tiny young boy named"Trouble" who tried very hard not to wiggle while he had to kneel for a long, long time on the floor. Bravo!
I wish the productions were more frequent, and I'm looking forward to the next one!