Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly


Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Royal Opera House.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of
 the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by
 a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings 
the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production.

The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) 
of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria
‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.


Dates & Times

  • Dates

    23 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

  • Duration

    2 hours 45 minutes
  • Language

    Sung in Italian

Cast & Creative

  • Cast

    • Ermonela JahoCio-Cio-San
    • Marcelo PuenteB.F. Pinkerton
    • Scott HendricksSharpless
    • Elizabeth DeshongSuzuki
  • Creative

    • Giacomo PucciniMusic
    • Antonio PappanoConductor
    • Moshe LeiserDirector
    • Patrice CaurierDirector



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