On December 7th, there was a festive atmosphere in Piazza Duomo, with crowds of people who had gathered to enjoy the lighting-up ceremony of the enormous Christmas tree, complete with a live-concert and a performance by illuminated butterfly-dancers.
In Piazzo Duomo, a historic building was the location for a musical advent calendar from December 1~24, with a musician at a window on the1st, increasing every day until all 24 windows were open for a 30 minute concert on Christmas Eve.
Also on December 7th, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly opened the opera season at the Scala, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Italy relations. The opera was televised by RAI, the Italian national public broadcasting company. Tickets were sold out for this opera, which is very popular with Italians. Noriko Tsuiki and I were fortunate to be able to get gallery seats by standing in queue for quite a while.
YouTube : RAI video
All over Milano, there are events on the Madama Butterfly theme. The windows of Rinascente department store are now decorated with beautiful and quirky displays of mannequins in kimonos, that wear headphones, facing a retro-style black and white television.
Milano, December 27, 2016