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Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly (12A)

Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life’


On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officerPinkerton 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 from19th-century European images of Japan.




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Tuesday 27 Sep 202219:15

Three Thousand Years of Longing (15)

Three Thousand Years of Longing

While attending a conference in Istanbul, Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) happens to encounter a djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems: first, she doubts that he's real, and second, because she's a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually, she's beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

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Tuesday 27 Sep 202216:15