A scene from Madama Butterfly by Puccini

ROH Live- Madama Butterfly (12A)

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Tue 27 Sep, 7:15pm

Puccini’s heart-rending opera about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer.

‘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.

Company – The Royal Opera
Music – Giacomo Puccini

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