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The Israeli Opera 2016

Madam Butterfly

An opera held at Park HaYarkon in front of 30,000 audience members. The setting included 11 rectangular LED screens which were used to create an 18 meter long composition along the length of the stage.


Much like the world of Madame Butterfly, torn between Japanese tradition and American modernity, the video art finds itself pulled between these two extremes. I collaborated with artist Kazuo Ishii to create calligraphy in motion. We enhanced and adapted the calligraphy in post-production, then dismantled and rebuilt it on the LED screens.


A 2.5 hour long opera necessitates a very rich content language. We chose to remain punctilious while also making use of a variety of different concepts and styles, from fire and dance rituals to classic animation and simulations using 3D fabrics.





Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Set and Costume designer: Niv Manor

Sound designer: Yuval Silberstein

Light designer: Uri Morag

Movement designer: Yoram Carmi

The choir of the Israeli Opera

Conductor: Ethan Schmeiser


Cio Cio San: Ira Bartman

B. F. Pinkerton: Davida Giusti

Sharpless: Vladimir Braun 

Suzuki: Naama Goldman

Kate Pinkerton: Anat Cherni

Goro: Yossef Aridan

Bonze: Noah Briger (backstage singing)

Dolore: Itamar Menashe

Dancers: Itzik Gabay, Mor Bar Zachai, Shirley Barby and Kim Gordon

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