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OPERA broadcast LIVE from the Royal Opera House
Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast, led by Ermonela Jaho, in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera. An intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heart-breaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved 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’ romanticised 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.
Tickets: Full £20 Adult concessions £18 18 & under £12.50
Running time: 3 hrs 10 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 6.45pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.