Pre / post shows talks
FREE Post-show cast talkback - Wednesday 3 April
Find out more about the performance you have just seen from the people who made it happen. Members of the cast and creative team will talk about Madam Butterfly and answer your questions. Simply turn up after the performance.
Welsh National Opera (WNO) - Madam Butterfly
£ 10 - 49
Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
One of the most heart-rending of opera's victims
Several years have passed since Cio-Cio-San’s husband Lieutenant Pinkerton left her to return to America. She has never doubted for a second that he will come back to her. News indeed arrives that he has returned. But Cio-Cio-San could never imagine the real reason that Pinkerton has come back.
Madam Butterfly is tragic Italian opera at its most affecting. From the rapturous love-duet to the devastating ‘One fine day’, Puccini masterfully employs every note to immerse his audience in Cio-Cio-San’s tragic story. Joachim Herz’s classic, sepia-tinged production is like a beautiful old photograph. It is a nostalgic glimpse of a vanished world. Madam Butterfly promises a moving, breathtaking evening at the theatre.
Conductor Frédéric Chaslin (Spring), Simon Phillippo (Summer)
Director Annabel Arden
Cio-Cio San Cheryl Barker (ex 5 April), Judith Howarth (5 April)
Pinkerton Gwyn Hughes Jones
Suzuki Claire Bradshaw
Bonze Julian Close
Sharpless Alan Opie
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Running time 2h 40min