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Royal Opera House

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STARTING TIME

7:15 pm

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ROH: Madama Butterfly

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

‘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.

 

Music: Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and 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

 

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