Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

Antonio Pappano conducts an impressive cast led by Ermonela Jaho in Puccini’s deeply poignant opera.

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 di’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

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

 

CIO-CIO-SAN ERMONELA JAHO

B.F. PINKERTON MARCELO PUENTE

SHARPLESS SCOTT HENDRICKS

SUZUKI ELIZABETH DESHONG

MUSIC GIACOMO PUCCINI

CONDUCTOR ANTONIO PAPPANO

DIRECTORS MOSHE LEISER AND PATRICE CAURIER

  • Tickets from: £15.00 - £17.00
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes including one interval
  • Showing Times: Thursday 30th March at 7.15pm
  • Genre: Opera
  • First showing: 30/03/2017
  • Last showing: 30/03/2017
  • Language: Italian