Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly
@ The Maltings, BerwickBook Now
30 March 2017
£16.75 (£15.75 concs), Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students)
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking
story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Muchloved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production.
The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists’ romanticized views of Japan. Puccini’s music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction
by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.
Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
CIO-CIO-SAN – ERMONELA JAHO
B.F. PINKERTON – MARCELO PUENTE
SHARPLESS – SCOTT HENDRICKS
SUZUKI – ELIZABETH DESHONG
MUSIC – GIACOMO PUCCINI
CONDUCTOR – ANTONIO PAPPANO
DIRECTORS – MOSHE LEISER AND PATRICE CAURIER