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In the Main Auditorium
One of the most colourful & exotic operas
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live orchestra with over 30 musicians.
This tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madame Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that grips your heart.
The basis of the plot is actually a true story of a Japanese geisha girl who had a son by 'marriage' to an American naval officer who soon deserted her, leaving her heartbroken.
With all the cultural sensitivity of a day-tripper, Lt B.F. Pinkerton is making himself at home in Nagasaki. On the suggestion of his friend Sayre, he takes a Japanese wife and house for the duration of his stay there. Pinkerton set his sights on Cio Cio San, fragile and delicate as a butterfly. In order to become his bride she must cross cultural boundaries and defy the will of her family.
This touching story of innocent love crushed amidst two utterly different cultures resonates as strongly as ever in today's world.
Tickets: £25 - 35.10* with Discounts Available
* Prices inclusive of a £1 Theatre Support Fee when booking via the box office and an additional £1.10 booking fee if booking online