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Madama Butterfly

To die with honour, or live with shame? That is the choice facing Butterfly at the end of Puccini’s excoriating tragedy.

A great love is met with devastating, casual betrayal. Japan meets America with disastrous results. Puccini’s score is a miracle of economy, its soaring melodies touching the heart; its Japanese inflections underlining post-colonial guilt.

Hye Yun Lee returns in the title role, opposite GPO favourite Luis Gomes in the role of the callous F.B. Pinkerton. Bring Kleenex.

An opera in 3 acts

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Music Giacomo Puccini

Libretto Illica & Giacosa, based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco

First performance 17 February 1904, La Scala, Milan

UK première 10 July 1905, Covent Garden

Cast & Creatives

CIO-CIO-SAN, Madama Butterfly ∙ HYE YUN LEE
SUZUKI, her maid ∙ KITTY WHATELY
B F PINKERTON, Lt in the US Navy ∙ LUIS GOMES
SHARPLESS, US consul at Nagasaki ∙ ROSS RAMGOBIN
GORO, a matchmaker ∙ ADRIAN THOMPSON
THE BONZE, Cio-Cio-San’s uncle ∙ JIHOON KIM

CONDUCTOR ∙ STEPHEN BARLOW
DIRECTOR / DESIGNER ∙ JOHN DOYLE
LIGHTING DESIGNER ∙ TIM MITCHELL

 

 

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