MADAMA BUTTERFLY - The Royal Opera Live: Tuesday 27 September 2022 @ 7:15pm.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Running time: 3hrs and 10 minutes (including one interval)
Music: Giacomo Puccin Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosaand Luigi Illica Directors: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier Set designer: Christian Fenouillat Costume designer: Agostino Cavalca Lighting designer: Christophe Forey Conducted by: Nicola Luisotti
Cio-Cio-San: Maria Agresta Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton: Joshua Guerrero Sharpless: Carlos Álvarez Suzuki: Christine Rice Goro: Carlo Bosi Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’ On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton 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 from 19th-century European images of Japan