ROH: Madama Butterfly
September 27, 2022 7:15 pm
Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running time: 3hrs and 10 minutes (including one interval)
‘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
Set designer: Christian Fenouillat
Costume designer: Agostino Cavalca
Lighting designer: Christophe Forey
Conducted by: Nicola Luisotti
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Please note: A restoration fund of £1.50 per ticket will be charged in addition to the ticket price, to assist with the cost of ongoing maintenance.