ROH 23/24: Madama Butterfly12A

ROH 23/24: Madama Butterfly

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Synopsis

The Royal Opera - MADAMA BUTTERFLY

A co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

The opera lasts approximately 195 minutes, including one interval / Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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 performs the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.