Classic, timeless and stylish, Sir David McVicar’s Madama Butterfly has been a firm favourite since it was first staged in 2000. Foregoing sentimentality to create a rich cast of characters with unflinchingly human characteristics, his production lays bare a hugely atmospheric, poignant story that still has the power to affect, over a century after it was first performed.
Cio-Cio-San, a young girl living in Nagasaki, has fallen for Pinkerton, a reckless American naval officer stationed near her home. Despite her family’s objections, she gives up all she has to marry him, but he soon abandons her to return to America. When he returns three years later she is still patiently waiting, willing to do whatever is needed in the name of love. But ahead lie only betrayal and heartbreak.
Puccini’s sense of theatre is second to none and Butterfly sees him doing what he does best – painting beautifully exotic pictures in sound that are dramatic, often hauntingly lyrical, and full of emotion. Korean soprano Hye-Youn Lee, one of The Independent on Sunday’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 2013, and Anne Sophie Duprels (Manon 2009) share the role of Butterfly and José Ferrero (Tosca 2012) is Pinkerton.
Listen to extracts from Madama Butterfly:
Dovunque al mondo
Ah! Quanto cielo!
Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino
Un bel dì vedremo
Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio (flower duet)
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Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Enkelejda Shkosa, Fabio Capitanucci
Supported by Lord and Lady LaidlawSung in Italian with English supertitles 2 hrs 40 mins approximately
Thu 8 May 7.15pm•Sun 11 May 4.00pm•Tue 13 May 7.15pm
Thu 15 May 7.15pm•Sat 17 May 7.15pm
Wed 21 May 7.15pm•Tue 27 May 7.15pm•Thu 29 May 7.15pm
Sat 31 May 7.15pm•Tue 29 Jul 7.15pm•Thu 31 Jul 7.15pm
Sun 3 Aug 4.00pm
Thu 5 Jun 7.15pm•Sat 7 Jun 7.15pm
Thu 12 Jun 7.30pm•Sat 14 Jun 7.30pm
Thu 19 Jun 7.15pm•Sat 21 Jun 7.15pm