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Two extraordinary shows can be seen on October 19 and 21 on the stage of the National Opera in Bucharest (ONB), the institution’s website informs. Thus, Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” will be staged on Friday, featuring guest conductor Alexandru Samoila. The Japanese story will have young soprano Lavinia Mamot as the lead character. Mamot will interpret for the first time in her career the lead role in Puccini’s opera, giving life to an unfulfilled love for which her character will be repudiated by her family. The cast includes ONB artists and collaborators – Sidonia Nica, Cristina Eremia, Hector Lopez, Vicentiu Taranu, James Lee, Daniel Filipescu, Mihnea Lamatic, Dan Indricau and Mihai Iacob. The Italian-language opera show will have only one intermission and will end at 9.45 PM.On Sunday, starting at 6.30 PM, ONB will present Bizet’s “Carmen,” a French-language opera full of passion, lively rhythms and castanets. The lead character will be interpreted by mezzo-soprano Florentina Onica. The cast also includes Cristian Mogosan, Iordache Basilic, Liviu Indricau, Valentin Racoveanu, Filip Panait, Daniel Filipescu, Felicia Filip, Valentina Tudose, Sorana Negrea. Ballet soloists: Madalina Slateanu, Alina Stefanescu, Catalin Caracas, Raul Oprea. The show has three intermissions and will end at 10 PM.Soloist at the National Opera in Iasi, mezzo-soprano Florentina Onica has collaborated with prestigious cultural institutions in Romania: the National Opera in Bucharest, the Romanian Radio-broadcasting Company, UNITER, the Bucharest National Theatre, the “Transylvania” State Philharmonic in Cluj etc. Throughout her career she collaborated with important conductors such as Mark Mast, Olivier Grangean, David Crescenzi, Tiberiu Soare, Horia Andreescu, Adrian Morar, Cristian Orosanu etc. The artist was on tour in Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. Her repertoire includes important roles such as: Rosina in Giacomo Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Fenena in “Nabucco,” Magdalena in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and Jocasta in George Enescu’s “Oedipe.” On the other hand, soprano Lavinia Mamot’s repertoire includes roles such as Cho-Cho-San in “Madame Butterfly,” Micaela in George Bizet’s “Carmen,” Tosca in Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” and Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’s “The Bat.” Throughout his career, Alexandru Samoila conducted in opera theatres in Moscow (Grand Theatre, “Stanislavski” Opera), Sankt Petersburg and in other big cities in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He conducted over 50 opera and ballet titles and took part in tournaments in countries such as Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Iceland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. Among his successes one can list his collaboration with the Royal Albert Hall in London (1996), where he debuted as a conductor in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida.” Samoila is head-conductor and artistic director of the Republic of Moldova’s National Opera and Ballet Theatre since 1981.