Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Brought to life through a cast of very human characters, this hugely atmospheric production lays bare a poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.
Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.
One of the world's most popular operas, Butterfly sees Puccini doing what he does best – writing beautiful music that is dramatic and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.
Listen to extracts from Madama Butterfly:
Dovunque al mondo
Ah! Quanto cielo!
Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino
Un bel dì vedremo
Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio (flower duet)
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Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Enkelejda Shkosa, Fabio Capitanucci
Supported by Lord and Lady LaidlawSung in Italian with English supertitles 2 hrs 40 mins approximately