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Madama Butterfly (Royal Opera House – Broadcast)
2nd October, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm£17
The Royal Opera (12A)
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’
On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American soldier 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.