Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera Presents

Madam Butterfly


Wednesday 3 - Saturday 6 April 2013 Download Calendar

The Lyric


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

Cast includes
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

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English
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Running Time: 2hrs 40mins (approx)

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