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The Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

28 Sep 2022

Tickets: £15

Description

Starts 7pm

Filmed live on Tuesday 27 September 2022

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’

 

On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences. With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, ‘Un bel dì, vedremo’ (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.

 

Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Running time: 3hrs and 10minutes (including one interval)

Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Directors: Moshe Leiserand Patrice Caurier

Set designer: Christian Fenouillat

Costume designer: Agostino Cavalca

Lighting designer: Christophe Forey

Conducted by:Nicola Luisotti

 

Cio-Cio-San: Maria Agresta

Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton: Joshua Guerrero

Sharpless: Carlos Álvarez

Suzuki: Christine Rice

Goro: Carlo Bosi

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House