Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly

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Synopsis

‘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.