ROH: Madama Butterfly

ROH Madama Butterfly

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When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion – with tragic 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 from 19th-century European images of Japan.

Asmik Grigorian and Hrachuhí Bassénz share the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.

 

  • Starring: Maria Agresta, Joshua Guerrero, Carlos Álvarez, Christine Rice, Carlo Bosi

  • Running Time: 170 minutes

  • Certificate: 12A

  • Language: English

★★★★★  Daily Express

★★★★  The Independant

★★★★  Broadway World